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A New Security Policy

A New Security Policy

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Published by: Sally Frederick Tudor on May 04, 2011
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Sally Frederick Tudor 
IS 411SECURITY POLICYWhat's in a name? We frequently hear people use the names "policy", "standard", and"guideline" to refer to documents that fall within the policy infrastructure. So that those who participate in this consensus process can communicate effectively, we'll use the followingdefinitions.A policy is typically a document that outlines specific requirements or rules that must be met. Inthe information/network security realm, policies are usually point-specific, covering a singlearea. For example, an "Acceptable Use" policy would cover the rules and regulations for appropriate use of the computing facilities.A standard is typically collections of system-specific or procedural-specific requirements thatmust be met by everyone. For example, you might have a standard that describes how to hardena Windows NT workstation for placement on an external (DMZ) network. People must followthis standard exactly if they wish to install a Windows NT workstation on an external network segment.A guideline is typically a collection of system specific or procedural specific "suggestions" for  best practice. They are not requirements to be met, but are strongly recommended. Effectivesecurity policies make frequent references to standards and guidelines that exist within anorganization.Galena Park ISD requires all students to wear ID badges. All visitors are required to sign in atthe school office. I believe that these measures would help to minimize the risks from intruders, but I don¶t believe that it would stop the threat to students completely. There are no 100% safeways to protect our schools--just as there are no 100% secure networks. The most that can be

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