6 Critical Cybersecurity Policies Every Organization Must Have

This eBook describes six critically important cybersecurity policies that no organization can afford to ignore if it wishes to maintain its competitive edge. We explain the purpose of each policy and provide practical tips and advice on how to create and implement them so that small and medium size organizations that have no previous experience with them can avoid making costly mistakes in the early stages.

Topics Include:

  1. Acceptable Use Policy
  2. Security Awareness Training
  3. Identity Management Policy
  4. Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
  5. Incident Response Policy
  6. Patch & Maintenance Policy

In 2020, the average cost of a data breach is expected to exceed $3.8 million, according to the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report published by IBM Security, and large enterprises will not be alone in paying the price for insufficient cyber readiness. That’s because 43 percent of the cyber-attacks launched today target small and medium size organizations.

In this eBook you will learn the following about each policy:

  • Policy overview
  • Why is this policy important
  • What does the policy include
  • How to create and implement the policy

“The lists of policies from any compliance framework can be overwhelming, so you need to start from a foundation that you can build on. The 6 critical cybersecurity policies we have identified are not only essential for meeting most compliance requirements but also beneficial for enhancing the cybersecurity posture of an organization in a practical way.”

Michael Soepnel

Michael Soepnel
Chief Information Security Officer


All modern organizations—regardless of their size, location, and domain—are confronted with cybersecurity threats ranging from minor to critical. Such threats include phishing attacks, ransomware and other malware, insider attacks, Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks, and others. 

While some organizations take these threats seriously and know how to protect themselves against them, cybercrime statistics show that most are alarmingly unprepared, leaving them vulnerable to cyber-attacks that could potentially threaten their very existence. 

According to Bitdefender’s Hacked Off! report, 57 percent of companies have experienced a breach in the past three years, and nearly the same number (60 percent) was published by the enterprise technology market researcher Vanson Bourne and the insurance firm Hiscox (61 percent). 

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small and medium size organizations because they know that such organizations are far less likely to have well-designed cybersecurity policies than large enterprises with dedicated security teams and deep pockets. 

Without cybersecurity policies outlining how to keep threats at bay and clearly stating what needs to be done when they do occur, small and medium size organizations are at a huge disadvantage in today’s world, where costly breaches and cyber-attacks are the new normal. 

However, that’s not how things have to be. Regardless of size and budget, all organizations can and should create at least the most critical cybersecurity policies to protect their data and comply with various regulations, such as PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, and others. With documented cybersecurity policies in place, employees will know what to do and what not to do to prevent a network intrusion and reduce its impact.

OSIbeyond has conducted extensive research and analysis of data from numerous industry sources including:

  • IBM Security
  • SANS Institute 
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Ponemon Institute

In addition to various academic intuitions and cybersecurity experts, resulting in a comprehensive eBook that provides you with information about 6 critical cybersecurity policies your organization must have.

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