Cybersecurity Policies, Standards & Procedures Templates

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Our Cybersecurity & Privacy Documentation Is Designed To Be Scalable, Comprehensive & Efficient

We leverage the Hierarchical Cybersecurity Governance Framework to develop the necessary documentation components that are key to being able to demonstrate evidence of due diligence and due care for our clients. This methodology towards documentation addresses the interconnectivity of policies, control objectives, standards, guidelines, controls, risks, procedures & metrics. The Secure Controls Framework (SCF) fits into this model by providing the necessary cybersecurity and privacy controls an organization needs to implement to stay both secure and compliant. In addition to the SCF, this model works with ISO 27002, NIST CSF, NIST 800-171, CIS 20, PCI DSS, NIST 800-53 and other control frameworks.

ComplianceForge has simplified the concept of the hierarchical nature of cybersecurity and privacy documentation in the following downloadable diagram to demonstrate the unique nature of these components, as well as the dependencies that exist. You can click on the image below to better understand how we write our documentation that links policies all the way down to metrics. This is a great solution for any organization currently using or migrating to a Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) or Integrated Risk Management (IRM) platform to help automate their governance practices.

Documentation serves as the foundational building blocks for your cybersecurity and privacy program. Without properly-scoped policies to address your applicable statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations, your associated standards and procedures will likely be inadequate to meet your compliance needs. The requires a holistic approach to right-sizing your cybersecurity program to meet your organization's specific compliance and security requirements.

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We Offer Huge Discounts Through Bundling Our Documentation

As visualized in the graphic below, the core of our solutions are based on policies, standards and procedures. From there, we have program-level solutions to address (1) risk management, (2) vulnerability management, (3) incident response & crisis management, (4) supply chain risk management and (5) privacy & secure engineering. Our bundles offer saving up to 45% and can provide near-turnkey documenation solutions for your organization. If you have a unique need, please contact us since we might be able to work with you on your request. 

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Concept of Operations (CONOPS) - Program-Level Guidance

A Concept of Operations (CONOPS) is a user-oriented guidance document that describes the mission, operational objectives and overall expectations from an integrated systems point of view, without being overly technical or formal. A CONOPS is meant to:

Several ComplianceForge documents are essentially CONOPS documents, where CONOPS are more conceptual than procedures and are focused on providing program-level guidance. A CONOPS straddles the territory between an organization's centrally-managed policies/standards and its decentralized, stakeholder-executed procedures, where CONOPS serves as expert-level guidance that is meant to run a specific function. Examples of where a CONOPS is useful for providing program-level guidance:

Your organization’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are expected to use a CONOPS as a tool to communicate user needs and system characteristics to developers, integrators, sponsors, funding decision makers and other stakeholders.

Procedures Operationalize Policies & Standards - This Is A Key Concept To Being Both Secure & Compliant

We leverage the Operationalizing Cybersecurity Planning Model in creating a practical view towards implementing cybersecurity requirements. Organizations are often not at a loss for a set of policies, but executing those requirements often fall short due to several reasons. Standardized Operating Procedures (SOPs) are where the rubber meets the road for Individual Contributors (ICs), since these key players need to know (1) how they fit into day-to-day operations, (2) what their priorities are and (3) what is expected from them in their duties. When looking at it from an auditability perspective, the evidence of due diligence and due care should match what the organization's cybersecurity business plan is attempting to achieve.

One of the most important things to keep in mind with procedures is that the "ownership" is different than that of policies and standards:

Given this approach to how documentation is structured, based on "ownership" of the documentation components:

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The central focus of any procedures should be a Capability Maturity Model (CMM) target that provides quantifiable expectations for People, Processes and Technologies (PPT), since this helps prevent a “moving target” by establishing an attainable expectation for “what right looks like” in terms of PPT. Generally, cybersecurity business plans take a phased, multi-year approach to meet these CMM-based cybersecurity objectives. Those objectives, in conjunction with the business plan, demonstrate evidence of due diligence on behalf of the CISO and his/her leadership team. The objectives prioritize the organization’s service catalog through influencing procedures at the IC-level for how PPT are implemented at the tactical level. SOPs not only direct the workflow of staff personnel, but the output from those procedures provides evidence of due care.

The diagram below helps show the critical nature of documented cybersecurity procedures in keeping an organization both secure and compliant:

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What Products Make Up These Bundles & Why?

Based client feedback, we made our bundles to simplify the needs to address specific compliance requirements. When you break down the requirements to comply, you will see how the products address a specific compliance need:

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Please note that if you want a customized bundle, we are happy to create one for you. Just contact us with your needs and we will generate a quote for you.

Policies, Standards, Function-Specific Guidance & Procedures - Our Product Lineup

The following diagram helps demonstrate the layered nature of cybersecurity documentation. Policies & standards set the stage for teams/departments to create and implement programs that are function-specific.

For example:

If you would like to know more about how this works, please contact us and we'd be happy to further explain how our documentation links together to create comprehensive, linked cybersecurity and privacy documentation.

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