Five Golden Rules for Creating Effective Security Policy

Foundational Refreshed: 27 September 2018 | Published: 17 September 2014 ID: G00259725

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Policy writing is a risk communication exercise that is frequently performed by people who lack the skills needed to create good security policy. Fortunately, the use of a few best practices for the planning and writing of policy can make a big difference in its effectiveness in reducing risk.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Analysis
    • Create a Process for Developing and Maintaining Your Policy
    • Use a Structured Approach to Support Flexibility
    • Don't Develop Your Policy in Isolation; Build Support by a Process of Engagement
    • Have Your Policy Drafted by Someone With Competence in Policy Development — the Rules Are Only as Strong as the Text That Expresses Them
      • Writing for an International Audience
      • Consider a User Guide
    • Make Sure That Your Policy Is Pragmatic by Testing It Out
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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