What Is IT Audit Readiness And Why Should Small Business Owners and Startup Entrepreneurs Pursue It?
Embracing Design And Implementation
Maximizing IT value and promoting the most productive usage of IT products and services.
The Purpose Of IT Policy/Procedures Design And Implementation
What’s the purpose of IT policy and procedure? Is it to limit the creative use of technology? Is it to place administrative burdens that serve no purpose? Is it to just be controlling? If this is the way “policy and procedure” is viewed, the game has already been lost.
The goal of IT policy and procedure is to maximize IT value and promote the most productive usage of IT products and services.
Embracing IT Policy/Procedures Design And Implementation?
IT policy/procedures are often used to limit and control technology utilization, lower operating costs, and limit risk exposure (financial, security, and otherwise). From this perspective, policies and procedures are necessary, and at times, intrusive means to an end. However, the story does not have to end there. When used effectively, “policy and procedure” can also be to achieve value-added productivity and results. Value-added policies and procedures can promote productivity, minimize redundant work effort, and deliver consistency in performance and results.
5 Steps Eden Data Takes To Establish A Solid Foundation For IT Policy/Procedures Design And Implementation For Organizations Of Any Size
1. Take Stock
This is a preparation step. It is about doing the legwork to develop the right kind of IT security policies and procedures – the ones that are best suited to meet your requirements.
2. Protect Your Periphery
It is common sense to secure the periphery before moving to secure individual valuable items. In
IT security parlance, this would be equivalent to developing a ‘System and Communications Protection Policy and Procedures’ (a.k.a. Systems and Networks Security Policies and Procedures).
3. Restrict Access
When we are confident that your boundaries are secure, the next logical step is to further restrict access to who can enter within the boundaries, and once in, to which IT resources and data they have access. Again, this is a very logical next step, and every organization, including yours, have written or unwritten rules about granting access, so we start by noting them down and making it official. This gives you your AS-IS ‘Identity and access management’ policy.
4. Prepare For The Eventuality
Unwanted incidents do happen. The level of preparedness in the event of an incident determines the level of impact your business will suffer on the other side of the incident. The question is: are you prepared? And more importantly, why is there a need to prepare? The deeper we get into “why”, the better articulation you have in your ‘Incident Response policy.’ It gives you an alignment of the strategic needs with the efforts and cost spent in putting up an ‘Incident Response Plan.’
5. Awareness And Training
Imagine you have state-of-the-art technology in place at a healthcare center, but the staff is not trained on how to operate this technology. You will be in a similar situation if you spend time and effort in putting policies and procedures in place, and then stop! Outside the handful who were involved in drawing up and implementing policies and procedures, the larger organization will remain unaware, and that defeats the purpose of the entire initiative.
Why You Need Eden Data
Eden Data was built on disruption: disruption of the century-old professional services model. We chose instead to partner with various organizations that have completely dominated their respective industries by creating forward-thinking SaaS tools related to cybersecurity and data protection. We then worked together to enhance the value we bring to organizations by coupling our services and creating holistic solutions that address the classic adage ‘People, Processes, Technology’.
The Eden Data Difference
Eden Data’s long-term vision is to create a future where companies can bring fantastic ideas to fruition using the internet while effortlessly maintaining appropriate data security and privacy. Eden Data focuses on the next generation of businesses that are ready to build security and privacy into their DNA, from their culture to their technologies to their entire operating processes. We are working to make information security a core pillar of every organization we have the pleasure of working with.
Security That Works The Way You Do!
The product or service you provide to your customers is one-of-a-kind, so why shouldn’t your security program be?
Traditional consulting firms have resumés a mile-long… serving corporations that look nothing like your company from an IT perspective. Why not hire a firm that operates just like you and works exclusively with companies just like yours? Call Eden Data today to learn more about IT policy/procedures design and implementation.