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Elements That Must Be Included In a Data Security Policy

Above graph shows that the data breaches occured over the years in the US. Stolen data is damaging people’s trust. This is happening because while creating data security policy all the threats aren’t taken under consideration and policies only include just basics.

Following are some elements a data policy must have. Make sure to get them to include or be ready for another breach.

1. Ensuring Data Security Accountability

First thing is to make sure the customer that your company’s IT technician, work staff and all the management is extremely trustable and they are professional with their work. The kind of data should be categorized so the workers and management staff can know the difference and act according. This categorizing thing will make easier for employees to tackle each type of data differently and which ones they can distribute further. These kinds of data must be included:

  • Extremely confidential data
  • Data that will revolve internally in the company
  • General data
  • Data that will be sent to external parties.

2. Policies that Govern Network Services

This part of the data security policy directs that how issues like distant access and the arrangement of IP addresses. It takes care of the elements of routers and switches.

3. Scanning for Vulnerabilities

Having any vulnerability in a company’s groundwork can cost you many troubles. It isn’t much hard for a hacker to scan any vulnerability in a network. There must be a proper network check of the company to keep the data safe from any mishap.

4. Managing Patches

Apply codes to terminate vulnerability which can help to prevent the threats. There must be a part of the data security policy which tells when and how the patches should be implemented in the system.

5. System Data Security Policies

The most critical part in a data security policy is the security elements of important servers and operating system. All the rules related to the servers of the company’s network. And all the rules regarding the management of accounts and passwords shall be defined in detail in the policy. Under this headings comes firewall, database, and antivirus.

6. The Response to Incidents

This factor works as an assurance for a customer in the data security. Whenever there will be a breach, the company will do instant action and provide immediate extensive safety measures. This also ensures that this will be prevented from reoccurring in the future.

7. Monitoring Compliance

The audits are a very effective way to keep in check the company’s staff and management and to see if they are acting according to components of the data security policy.

8. Account Monitoring and Control

Another essential element of data security policy is keeping a record of what is getting accessed by whom. Many digital compromises can be made as it won’t be much problem legally but inactive accounts can’t fall in that category. The company must a specific IT technician’s team so the data and user account can be monitored properly.

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