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10
JAN
2019

Privacy Policies for California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliance

California recently passed the most strict state-level privacy law designed to protect consumer data.   The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) puts some new restrictions on how organizations must interact with customers.   In this article we describe the key...
17
MAY
2016

SEC Affirms the Need for Custom Security Policies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been increasing its focus on the cyber security program of registered firms. In a recent SEC action, the SEC has highlighted an important point:  That firms must show that they have worked to customize information security policies...
25
MAR
2014

The ROI of Pre-Written Information Security Policies

Often it is difficult to justify security policy development to management.   In many cases, this is due to a lack of understanding on just how detailed and complex policy writing can be.  “Just go find a template on the internet.”   For those of you who have tried...
11
FEB
2014

How to Structure Information Security Policies

We talk to customers every day about  security policies.   One of the most common questions we receive is this:  How should we structure our information security policies?  When we dig deeper, we usually find that this is a really a two-part question regarding policy structure....
19
JUL
2011

One Security Policy Document Or A Series Of Documents?

Plan First: We all know that it’s advisable to create a plan before undertaking a large and complex project. For instance, most reasonable people would not consider building a modern residential house, with plumbing, heating, electrical, lighting, and communications systems, if...
17
JAN
2011

Levels Of Maturity In The Security Policy Development Process

Litmus Test: One high-tech company that this author was working with recently was considering the acquisition of another high-tech company. In order to gauge the sophistication of the information security effort at the target company, top management at the acquiring company...
10
SEP
2010

When & Why To Publicly Reveal Internal Security Policies

Never Say Never: In the absence of further information, written information security policies are by default generally considered information that is “for internal use only” or “restricted.” There are many good reasons to refuse to release information...
08
JUL
2010

Implied Security Policies Create Added Risk

The US Supreme Court has overturned a lower-court ruling and concluded that management has a right to review employee text messages on company-issued devices. If used as a precedent, this case may have far-reaching consequences for employee expectations of privacy in workplace...
11
FEB
2009

Effective Security Policy Management – Part 2

Part 2 of 7: Seven Elements of an Effective Information Security Policy Management Program Effective Security Policies Part 2. Defined Policy Document Ownership Security Policies can be viewed as contract between senior management, employees and third-parties about the ways in...
11
JAN
2009

Effective Information Security Policy Management – Part 1

How mature is your information security policy program? Do you have a set of outdated documents stored in a binder or intranet site? Or do you have a documented management program that keeps your policies up to date, your users informed and your internal auditors sleeping at...