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Best Practices for Creating an Acceptable Use Policy to Manage Risk

Published: 25 January 2016

ID: G00295872

Analyst(s): L Akshay, Jeffrey Wheatman


Acceptable use policies represent a critical component of an IT security and risk management program. CIOs/CISOs, senior leaders, business unit heads and security managers in collaboration must create AUPs that are effective, fair and kept up-to-date as the environment changes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Ensure That the Technology AUP Represents a Simple, Concise and Relevant Policy With Statements That Will Guide System Users in What Is Acceptable and Not Acceptable
  • Assess the Impact on the Enterprise From Emerging and Maturing Technology, and Make Changes to the AUP as the Organization's Threat Posture Changes
  • Evaluate Opportunities for AUPs to Bolster the Organization's Legal and Liability Protection
  • Align the Policies With Business Objectives and Benefits by Creating a Collaborative Ownership Structure
  • Equip Employees With Security Knowledge to Enable Them to Achieve and Sustain Security Goals in an Evolving Digital Workplace Environment

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