Your business couldn’t succeed without proper management and planning. You’ve probably already established IT policies and procedures to establish operational best practices and secure your environment. The question is how do your internally developed IT policies compare to formal IT governance frameworks?
Comparing your policies to established frameworks offers several advantages. It allows you to identify potential risks that were overlooked as you sought to align your risk landscape with your business objectives. It provides an opportunity to consider new approaches that may reduce costs and increase efficiency. The comparison also offers an objective look back at your IT policies that can help you integrate your IT best practices with you business goals
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When selecting your policy, please consider the following differences in policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines as defined by scGRC.com’s governance engine.
A Policy is a high-level document that defines the management approved strategies to mitigate specific risks related to specific technologies and or IT processes. Policies tend to be fairly brief and focus on guiding principles (i.e. the "why ") rather than on technical or process details (i.e. the "how "). The purpose of policies is to guide present and future decisions so that they are in agreement with business goals and objectives. Policies are not procedures (although many policies have a procedures section), standards, guidelines or best practices. These other, more detailed documents flow from and support policies.
Procedures (like standards) support policy by further describing specific implementation details (i.e. the "how "). A procedure can be thought of as an extension of a policy that articulates the process to be used in carrying out the policy. A procedure may describe a series of steps, or how to use standards and guidelines to achieve the goals of a policy. Procedures, along with standards, promote a consistent approach to following policy. Procedures make policies more practically meaningful and effective. Procedures overlap with standards although procedures tend to be more process oriented while standards tend to be more focused on requirements or specifications.
Standards (like procedures) support policy by further describing specific implementation details (i.e. the "how "). A standard can be thought of as an extension of policy that articulates the rules, mechanisms, technical or procedural requirements or specifications to be used in carrying out policy. Standards, along with procedures, promote a consistent approach to following policy. Standards make policies more practically meaningful and effective. Standards are definitional and clarifying in nature specifying the minimums necessary to meet policy objectives.
Guidelines are comprised of one or more general statements or recommendations detailing procedural or technology approaches to following or implementing policy. In contrast to procedures and standards, guidelines are not requirements to be met, although they are strongly recommended.
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