The IT Security Best Practices Checklist

The IT Security Best Practices Checklist

Plan

1. To plan your IT security effectively you need to know what to look for. Try following multiple news feeds to keep up to date on the latest security buzz.

2. Investigate, and figure out where you are now.  If you already have a security program in place, then you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

3. Audit, audit, audit. It’s impossible to effectively defend what you’re unaware of.

4. Do your due diligence and find out if there are any IT security compliance regulations that apply to you. HIPAA and PCI DSS are two of the many possible regulations you may need to satisfy

5. Assess your risks, and rank them against their damage potential and the likelihood of compromise.

6. Create/update your security policies. Things like internet access, email communication, remote access, and network security are all good things to consider.

7. Make an action plan. Step 5 provided you with a list of risks, find solutions to these issues and prepare for implementation.

Implement

1. The first step before making any major security changes should be testing. Whether you’re installing a fancy new firewall or security suite, test it before it goes live.

2. Follow the action plan you created in step 7 of planning.

3. Don’t deviate from the plan. If you notice something was missing after the fact, note it down and catch it on your next pass.

4. Educate your team by establishing a training program that ensures your employees have the skills they need to maintain the integrity of your business’ security.

Evaluate

1. Evaluate: How is everything running? If anything needs review make note of it.

2. Evaluations aren’t just good for security systems. See how your users recall what you taught them. Yesterday’s forgotten lessons are tomorrow’s lesson plan.

3. Review those reports. They won’t do any good if they’re just sitting there.

4. Spot check: It never hurts to confirm that everything is working as it should.

Maintain

1. Keep an eye on things while you return to your usual work. If there are audit logs, read them.

2. Maintain ongoing conversations with your employees. Be open to answering any questions or concerns they may have.

3. Congratulate yourself. You’ve successfully improved your IT security.

Repeat with gusto

1. Minimum security requirements are just that, the minimum. Be the best you can be.

2. Implementing an all in one security solution can help to mitigate security risks.

3. Engage with a security consultant to ensure that you are delivery the best security measures possible to your customer base.

4. Keep a log of any notes you made and follow this process again in a few months.

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