The Cybersecurity threat landscape is constantly changing. It makes sense that your cybersecurity policies and procedures need to be updated regularly to address these changes. Couple that with the quickness of how the workplace is also evolving shows the need to update policies often.
For instance, consider the changes the COVID-19 pandemic brought about for many businesses. Not only did the threat landscape change but so did the types of threats. Businesses now had to shift from protecting an in-office network to protecting data in the cloud and employee devices being used at home. The types of phishing attacks also changed. As a result, many organizations were forced to update their cybersecurity policies to accommodate these changes.
If you do not update your cybersecurity policy regularly it can leave you vulnerable to attacks, and potentially put you out of compliance with government and industry standards. According to the Infosec Institute, at a minimum, you should be reviewing your policies annually. In addition, any of the following reasons should trigger a policy review:
- New branches or offices are opened
- New enterprise applications, network devices or services are added or updated
- New products or services are added, especially in cloud-based industries
- Systems are retired or decommissioned
- Changes are made in when or how employees work, such as offering a “bring your own device” mobile phone or computer policy, core work hours being changed or when employees are offered the ability to work remotely
- Services or operations are outsourced
If your business has been through any of those above changes, then it is certainly time to update your cybersecurity policy. If you need help with your cybersecurity policy, contact Quick Intelligence.