ITS 4910 - Information Trends/Research and Design Project
This lesson presents some background on the second week.
Objectives important to this lesson:
- What is this week about?
- Current assignments
This week you are assigned to create an overall security
policy. It is the main policy for your organization, and it should say
so. It should be written at a high level, and it should be endorsed by
the highest level of authority in your organization. It should also be
endorsed by every level of authority. Why? Because many people will not
pay attention to a set of rules unless their immediate
supervisor/manager tells them to do so.
A policy is a rule, or a set of rules,
that affects how we want our organization and its employees
to function. The idea behind a policy may start with a principle,
which is often a broad, general statement of what we believe to be right,
true, or beneficial. A policy is more detailed,
and more specific about what we expect our people to do. It must be
clear and it must be enforceable.
Some virtues of good security policies:
- They are the first line of defense from internal and
- They control and manage changes to our systems.
- They provide a statement about who does what in an
- They reduce the cost of wasted or counterproductive efforts.
- They provide a means to comply with laws and regulations.
is better than being formulaic. People need to understand your policy.
In this week's assignment, you need to follow the example template
provided to you (purpose, scope, objectives), but don't be constrained
by the text itself. Follow the form, but state the message clearly so
your employees will not stop reading after the first line. Make sure
you do not leave out the required information, but say it in your own
There is a rubric specific to this assignment. It is shown on
the assignment page in Canvas.
In the image above, I am showing you the top three grading
elements for the assignment. They correspond to an A, a B, and a C
response. Use this as a reference for your work. Before submitting your
work, make sure you have done your best.