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SANS Institute offers updated security policy templates

Security education provider SANS Institute released 27 updated information security policy templates government agencies can use to ensure their security policies are practical, up-to-date and reflect real-world experience.

The refreshed policy library removes policies that are no longer needed, adds those covering new technologies and new threats and updates policies to reflect changes in practice.

The update was produced by a team of security industry professionals chaired by Michele D. Guel, a senior security architect at Cisco Systems, and a 26-year veteran of the cybersecurity industry.

The templates can be downloaded from the SANS Security Policy Project.

For general policies, titles include Acceptable Use, Acceptable Encryption, Password Construction, Password Protection, Email Use, Disaster Recovery Plans, and Security Response Plans.

In the network security arena, users will find templates for policies on Remote Access, Router and Switch Security, Wireless Communications and Standards, and the Assessment of Potential Acquisitions.

Server security templates include policies covering Database Credentials, Technology Equipment Disposal, Lab Security, and Software Installation. Templates database also includes a Web Application Security Policy template.

The templates are often generalized versions of policies developed for and used by government agencies and corporations.

"The Policy Project site allows organizations to create better policies, faster, by starting from a proven set of templates,” said Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute. “It also helps ensure their own policies have sufficient scope and depth relative to those included in the library.”

Posted by GCN Staff on Sep 05, 2014 at 7:59 AM


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