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The scope of a security policy

I am looking into the BS 7799. With regards to security policies, I am a little confused. Does a security policy contain all policies on e-mail, Internet usage, etc., or are these separate and the security policy itself is just an overview?
Security policies are actually very flexible documents. Your security policy can be one large document that incorporates an e-mail policy, an Internet Usage policy, an Acceptable Use policy, etc. You can also break each of these topics out into its own policy. I prefer to break policies out into individual sections and have one summary document. I feel end users approach the concept of security policies much more positively that way. Instead of handing them a 100 page document to read, they get a bunch of smaller documents.


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This was first published in November 2002

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