Policies and Standards Documentation

Documentation plays a pivotal role is establishing any effective management system. It formalizes objectives, strategies and processes. Documentation often acts as an adhesive for three components of organization i.e. people, process and technology. In information security the importance of documentation is increasing with each passing day. New regulations and frameworks demand detailed and comprehensive documentation to effectively implement information security program.
Policies form the back bone of any program. In simple words policies depict the intent and direction of senior management. It determines the entire strategy and course of action. Policies are top level documents approved by senior management to guide the organization in achieving its strategic goals. Information security policies (like data privacy policy, security policy, access control policy, encryption policy) show senior management commitment and set out rules for entire organization. It’s pivotal that security policies are written by experience individuals after in depth understanding of organizational objectives and senior management intent.
Policies provide the direction while standards deliver the scope and boundaries. Standards provide guidance and mandatory requirements to implement policies effectively. The enforcement of policies is assisted by standards. Both policies and standards of an organization are mandatory to follow.
Documenting policies and standards is not a trivial task. It requires extensive experience and professional expertise. ISO 27001, GDPR, PCI DSS and other security frameworks all require detailed documented policies and procedures. It is essential for any information security program that high level documents are generally understood and implemented in the entire enterprise. ITsecurity.org utilizes its extensive cyber security experience to assist clients in completing their information security related documentation. This is achieved to gain compliance as well as established effective information security program.

Policies And Standards

ITSecurity.Org Ltd can provide the following Policies, Standards, Processes, Procedures and Guidelines services:

  • Identification of the specific Policies and Standards that need to be produced for an effective Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  • Assessment of the documentation set against comprehensive Policies and Standards frameworks
  • Understand business goals and initial risk assessment for the documentation
  • Authoring, negotiating and influencing the content with stakeholders regarding the content and type of expression used in the document
  • Ensure integration and internal consistency to facilitate uptake, understanding, implementation and embedding throughout the organisation
  • Annual review of the Policies and Standards
  • Deliver Process and Procedure definitions and documentations
  • Production of guidelines and awareness training for the Policies and Standards
  • Publishing, management and maintenance of the Policies and Standards framework to ensure relevance, timeliness, accuracy and quality.
  • All documentation can be templates and branded according to organisational requirements

Documentation plays a pivotal role is establishing any effective Information Security Management System (ISMS). The ISMS formalizes objectives, strategies and processes. Documentation acts as the means of expressing ‘the way forwards’ from Senior Management. Employees are expected to follow the requirements of the policies and standards in designing and implementing any business component.

Specifically, three components i.e. people, process and technology are covered by policies and standards. The ISMS cover all three components of the People, Process and Technology triad. New regulations and statutory compliance requirements mandate detailed and comprehensive documentation to effectively implement a comprehensive information security program.

Policies and standards are the backbone of the organization and any program. In simple words, policies depict the strategic goals, leadership, intent and direction from senior management. They determine the strategy and course of action that may be taken by employees.

Information security policies (e.g. data privacy policy, security policy, access control policy, encryption policy) show senior management commitment and set out rules for the organization. It is pivotal that security policies are written by experienced individuals after achieving an in-depth understanding of organizational objectives and senior management intent.

Policies provide the direction while standards deliver the scope and boundaries. Standards provide guidance and mandatory requirements to implement policies effectively. The enforcement of policies is assisted by standards. Both policies and standards of an organization are mandatory to follow.

Documenting policies and standards is not a trivial task. It requires extensive experience and professional expertise. ISO27001, GDPR, PCI DSS and other security frameworks all require detailed documented policies and procedures. It is essential for any information security program that high-level documents are generally understood and implemented in the entire enterprise. ITSecurity.Org utilizes its extensive cyber-security experience and resources to assist clients in completing their information security related documentation.

Please contact us to ask about any aspect of Policies and Standards documentation life-cycle.

Policies and Standards Documentation