Are there any sites that provide free security policies, procedures, checklists, etc. for security management. If so, could you please direct me to them?

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For security policies, a good place to start is the SANS™ Institute (, where you can find many examples, templates, and a policy primer.

Often, it is useful to see how other organizations execute their policies. The following sites show you how the National Institute of Heath ( and Berkeley University ( created their policies.

The following links provide an extensive bouquet of information and examples pertaining to policies:


The following site will point you to a relatively inexpensive tool for policy creation

NIST develops a majority of the standards embodied in the industry. At the following Web site, you can find a wealth of information on checklists, guidelines and procedures from topics ranging from incident response, wireless security, HIPPA, Voice over IP and much more. This should be a familiar Web site to anyone in the security field

For security checklists there are a number of sites to visit, depending upon what you need to evaluate.


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  • Learn how security policies differ from guidelines and standards.
  • Visit our creating and managing policy resource center for news, tips and expert advice.

  • This was first published in September 2005

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