Demand for corporate IT security policies can come from several places, including a board of directors, an IT team becoming more educated on cybersecurity risks, adoption of cybersecurity frameworks, third-party risk assessments, compliance requirements (often in healthcare and banking) or requirements from cyber insurance companies. The demand is rising because cyber-threats are rising. An information security policy provides security policy standards, guidelines and procedures to follow in the event of a security breach or system outage, all with the aim of protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.
Most organizations never have time for policy creation. They see the value, but the process is too cumbersome to do right. Frankly, policy creation isn’t a fun task. With managed IT security policies, the tedious parts of the work are taken care of for you.
Free template downloads are often lacking; they’re not customized to the needs of your organization. If you take that approach, you may say you’re doing things right, but are you following through? Creating a template that doesn’t fit your organization, and therefore you won’t follow, is worse than not having a policy at all.