System Changes Policy 101

In the world of SOC 2, the general rule is to write a policy, procedure or log entry for just about everything that happens in your environment. This is especially important when it comes to system changes, as auditors want to see that you have detailed logs of what’s happening in your environment, that the changes are properly documented and communicated across your organization, and that you can effectively debug problems after a change is made. All of these requirements and expectations are defined in your system changes policy.

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How to Write a Disaster Recovery Policy

As you prepare your company to endure and recover from a disaster, two primary information technology policies should be in place: business continuity and disaster recovery. These two policies help you plan for – and recover from – adverse events, but the difference lies in the goals of each policy: business continuity focuses on returning your business to normalcy, while disaster recovery details the minimum necessary functions for your business to survive.

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Log Management and Review Best Practices

When an information security incident occurs, you need to be able to gather as much information about it as quickly as possible. There’s also a very real possibility that you will have to involve outside parties - such as an incident response team - to help you as well. That means you can’t approach log management and retention as a simple checkbox. Instead, you need to have rich data that captures audit logs from all critical information systems. Otherwise, if your logs are incomplete, inaccurate or missing altogether, they won’t be of much help when you really need them. Here are five questions to ask when writing your log management and review security policy:

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Defining Your IT Vendor Management Policy

Here are four practices to consider when creating your IT vendor management policy: 1. Evaluate vendors IT services vendors are generally very good at assuring you their product or service is like oxygen - you can’t live without it! They will throw around a lot of acronyms and buzzwords like “next-gen” in hopes of dazzling you into signing on the dotted line. Resist that temptation for now, and instead create a template with questions to help you do the proper amount of due diligence and select the right vendors.

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Password Policy Best Practices

Passwords are one of the most common targets for hackers, so it’s imperative that your company enforce a strong password policy. This policy will not only define the requirements of the password itself but the procedure your organization will use to select and securely manage passwords.

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Remote Access Policy Best Practices | A Practical Guide to SOC 2 Compliance

Our world has changed.  Gone are the days of an 8 to 5 work day at a physical office, and leaving all your responsibilities behind at the end of the day.  We now live in a 24×7 global economy and are perpetually connected to our corporate networks with cell phones, laptops, and tablets.  The convenience of “work from anywhere” introduces some exciting challenges for your information security and information technology

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Workstation Security Policy Best Practices | A Practical Guide to SOC 2 Compliance

Some might say that workstations are a necessary evil.  Users with varying degrees of technical and security aptitude are using them 24/7, communicating with the world and taking care of business.  With workstations being an indispensable part of business comes a substantial security burden, especially for your information technology staff.  In the workstation security policy, you will define rules intended to reduce the risk of data loss/exposure through workstations. Often, information security

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Encryption Policy Best Practices | A Practical Guide to SOC 2 Compliance

You wouldn’t leave the house without making sure your doors and windows were locked, and that any valuables were hidden or secured in a safe. That way, if you were robbed, the burglar would have a difficult time accessing your most precious assets. In the same way, you need to make sure your organization’s critical data is well protected. While layers of defense such as firewalls and IDS/IPS are essential,

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Access Onboarding and Termination Policy | A Practical Guide to SOC 2 Compliance

It’s easy to focus on cybersecurity threats like social engineering and phishing. However, internal threats, such as human error and disgruntled employees, can be just as dangerous – and are often overlooked. A mature onboarding and termination policy is essential to preventing a data breach. Employees and other internal users were the cause of 60% of data breaches – both intentional and accidental – in 2016. In the world of

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