What Is A Cybersecurity Policy? Why Do You Need it? Core Components and Benefits

Rajesh Laskary
5 min readJul 30, 2023

Learn what a cybersecurity policy is and why it’s needed. What are the core components that make it beneficial? Delve into the different types of cybersecurity policies, and gain insights on how to create effective policies for your organization. Uncover vital considerations and best practices in policy creation. A must-read for anyone looking to fortify their organization’s cyber defenses.

If you’re or plan to become an information security manager or CISO, or you’re preparing for a cybersecurity certification like CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CISA, CompTIA, CCSP, CCSK, here are some basics you must be familiar with regarding cybersecurity policy development.

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Policy

What Is A Cybersecurity Policy?

In simple words, a policy is a high-level statement of management’s intent. And a cybersecurity policy is a set of overall strategies (high-level statement of management intent and expectations) for how an organization will be implementing information security principles and technologies to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of its information assets/systems.

What A Cybersecurity Policy is NOT

  • It is NOT a detailed step-by-plan or procedure.
  • It does NOT specify precisely how a security objective will be achieved.
  • It is NOT (must not be) technology or vendor dependent.

Difference Between Policy, Procedures, Standards, and Guidelines

Policy:

A policy statement on a broad level defines the scope of required security, defines security objectives on a high-level, and outlines a security framework for an organization. Policies are broad in scope and are mandatory.

Standards:

Standards are compulsory requirements or metrics that must be met to implement policies uniformly. Standards help ensure that policies, procedures, and processes, or systems meet policy requirements. They are often related to quality, performance, or technical specifications.

Procedures:

A procedure is a…

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Rajesh Laskary

Author, Cybersecurity, Cloud, Blockchain Professional(CISSP, CRISC, CISM, CCAK, CIAM, CIST, CEH, COBIT, CBSP, CBE, ISO27001 LA, ISO27005 RM, PMP, PMI-ACP)