A well-written, understandable IT policy gives your employees a clear understanding of what to do - and what not do - with company IT. It outlines best practices and company expectations, and it helps new or less tech-savvy employees learn:
* Which tools, processes, software, and devices they should be using.
* How to safely use those things.
* Best practices in data security, privacy, and cybersecurity.
If the creation of a comprehensive IT policy from scratch fills you with dread, have no fear. There are many free online IT policy templates you can use. However, this isn’t to say you should just blindly implement any template. Make sure it’s compatible with your business needs and, where it’s not, amend and adapt accordingly. This portal is a great starting point:
If you want to avoid fines and business setbacks, you must pay attention to regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR regulation came into effect on the 25th May 2018, which means it's best to use a recent data protection policy template. This policy from VinciWorks is exceptionally good.
Email is vital to any business. This policy from Tech Donut helps employees understand the rules for using email safely, and it even gives advice on email etiquette.
Too many businesses don’t like to think about a potential outage or business interruption, but preparation pays off.
This policy is for the worst of times. It defines the requirements for a baseline disaster recovery plan that you can implement to recover all IT systems, applications, and data.
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