An information security policy provides clearly documented and comprehensive rules and practices regarding access to an organization’s data and information systems. Its goal is to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and information used by an organization.
Information security policies must be regularly updated to keep pace with changes in technology and cybersecurity. A typical security policy will describe the objectives, scope, specific goals, and responsibilities for compliance, as well as penalties for noncompliance. Additional documentation is required to demonstrate compliance with regulations that govern the organization’s industry, such as financial or healthcare regulations. A comprehensive, up-to-date security policy is a critical indicator of an organization’s commitment to security.