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Issues to cover in a security policy

A short look at the ten areas of concern for an organization's security policy.


Issues to cover in a security policy
James Michael Stewart

The security policy of an organization drives the entire structure of physical, administrative and technical security deployed. Without a thorough security policy defining what should be done, the results of the haphazard deployment of security controls will be woefully insufficient.

There are at least ten areas of concern that an organization's security policy should address. I've borrowed these ten areas from the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). The CISSP or Certified Information Systems Security Professional is a security certification offered by (ISC)2 ( Even if you don't want to pursue the certification, I highly recommend reviewing the CBK assembled for this exam.

The ten areas are:

  1. Access Control Systems & Methodology
  2. Applications & Systems Development
  3. Business Continuity Planning
  4. Cryptography
  5. Law, Investigation & Ethics
  6. Operations Security
  7. Physical Security
  8. Security Architecture & Models
  9. Security Management Practices
  10. Telecommunications, Network & Internet Security

Your security policy should address each of these areas specifically and distinctly. Otherwise, your policy is incomplete and the resultant security scheme deployed by your organization probably has significant gaps that can be exploited.

About the author
James Michael Stewart is a researcher and writer for Lanwrights, Inc.

This was last published in April 2002

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