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5 IT Security Policies Your Business Needs to Prioritize

IT security policies might not seem like a top priority during the pandemic with WFH—but they should be. Here’s what small businesses need to know and how they can protect themselves.

Fifty-four percent of small businesses have recently decided to move a product, service, or event online*.

Retail shops are loading inventories onto the web, medical personnel are pivoting to virtual consultation, and restaurants are adapting to online ordering for curbside pickup and delivery.


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These changes are opening businesses up to a host of information security threats. Increasing digitization creates a larger cyber-attack surface by adding new points of access to company data. Likewise, more employees working from home means new connections, applications, and personal devices are being added to company networks.

Despite the increased risk, research finds that too many small businesses are neglecting IT security policies that protect data and prevent unnecessary financial strain.

Here are 5 IT security policies needed to help strengthen your company’s security stature.

Acceptable use policy

An acceptable use policy (AUP) is your company’s broadest level of IT security policy. It defines acceptable behavior and prohibited activities when accessing the company’s network or internet. Develop a policy that addresses only those risks that are likely to occur, provides clear guidance, and is enforceable.

Bring your own device policy

A bring your own device (BYOD) policy governs the responsible use of personal devices that access company systems or data, a practice that is becoming more and more common. A recent survey found that 61% of small business employees use a personal device when working remotely*. A BYOD policy mitigates the risks associated with allowing a variety of personal devices to access your network.

Password policy

A password policy sets the password protocols by which users are granted logical access to company systems, data, and devices. These include requirements for password length and complexity, along with limitations on password aging, reuse, and failed logins.

Remote access policy

A remote access policy balances data protection with the network access needs of remote workers. It defines rules for connecting to the company network and establishes requirements for the use of routers, Wi-Fi, firewalls, and VPN software. Remote access policies can include BYOD and password policies as subsections.

Data classification policy

A data classification policy categorizes information into levels such as public, internal, or confidential. This allows companies to restrict sensitive information to those who need it while helping track critical or regulated business data. Data classification also makes it easier for employees to make better decisions when accessing or transmitting sensitive information.

Security policies are essential to mitigate major cyber threats. This does not fully prevent an incident from occurring but does alleviate potentially long-term damaging consequences.

Grid4 provides a range of managed services to alleviate many of the concerns that small to mid-sized businesses have regarding planning and developing policies. Find out how our dependable services can give you a roadmap to strengthen your network, contact us today.

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