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Five Golden Rules for Creating Effective Security Policy

Published: 17 September 2014

ID: G00259725

Analyst(s): Jay Heiser , Rob McMillan


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
  • Key Challenges



  • 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

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