A written information security program is one of the most crucial cybersecurity resources for any manufacturing business.
It establishes a detailed set of policies, procedures, and guidelines to responsibly manage the risk from your employees’ use of technology.
The modern IT landscape is full of complex threats that can jeopardize your production systems and internal networks’ integrity, which capitalize on users’ unfamiliarity with common exploitation tactics. These complex threats account for why most security experts emphasize IT compliance, as a single data breach can lead to significant monetary and reputational losses.
Is it a Policy, a Standard, or a Guideline?
The following definitions outline how these terms support your information security program as we increase shared knowledge. Effective security policies make frequent references to standards and guidelines within an organization.
A policy is typically a document that outlines specific requirements or rules. Policies are usually point-specific in the information/network security realm, covering a single area.
A standard is a formalized protocol that typically outlines rules or a collection of system-specific or procedural-specific requirements that everyone must meet. People must follow this standard exactly if they wish to support policies.
A guideline is typically a collection of system-specific or procedural-specific suggestions for best practice.
A protocol is the rules under which the procedure is done and used by two or more parties.
A procedure enumerates lower-level processes and provides steps your employees need to adhere to your policies or complete a process.
A process is a series of actions or steps taken to achieve a particular end.