Keeping up with security policies

    Date07 May 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Crystal Ferraro submits, "If there's any area of security policy where the "do as I say, not as I do" principle comes into fullest play, it's in the difference between what prudent security practices dictate should be done as compared to what day-to-day exigencies determine will actually happen.. . . Crystal Ferraro submits, "If there's any area of security policy where the "do as I say, not as I do" principle comes into fullest play, it's in the difference between what prudent security practices dictate should be done as compared to what day-to-day exigencies determine will actually happen. Best security practices specify that as various elements of the environment change, so should the documents that deal with relevant security policy. Included among the nearly infinite number of events that should lead to policy document dates, you'll find these typical items:

    • Patches, fixes or updates to operating systems, software or boundary devices.
    • Business changes including moves, mergers, acquisitions or divestitures.
    • Migration from one platform or implementation to another, particularly where boundary devices or Internet services may be concerned.
    • Changes in vendor or customer relationships where remote or intranet access may be affected.
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