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Inside Network Security Assessment: Guarding Your IT Infrastructure by David Kim, Michael Gregg

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The Policy Framework

Establishing security policies, guidelines, and procedures is a critical step in securing an infrastructure and its information. The lack of well-designed viable security policies and documents is one of the biggest vulnerabilities many organizations have. Policies put everyone on the same page and make it clear where senior management stands on policy issues. They also set the overall tone and define how security is perceived by those within an organization. Policy must flow from the top. Bill Gates gave us a good example of this when he wrote a memo addressed to all employees in 2002. In this memo, Bill Gates spoke about how security was to become Microsoft’s number one priority. What’s most important about this story ...

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