Why are my Organization’s Policies and Procedures not Effective?
Lack of realization of potential threats
It is likely that many of your employees are completely unaware of the level of security threats your organization faces. They may not be taking your policies seriously. Some may even be seeing them as an unnecessary invasion of privacy that makes them less productive. This leads to non-compliance. Non-compliance negates the very core of the information security policies and procedures.It is essential that your employees understand the gravity of danger that non-compliance poses to the data housed at your organization.
Non-alignment with business objectives
Even if your employees realize the harms of a security breach, they still may not be motivated enough. For most of your employees, drafting, reading,or implementing security policies may not be jobs that align with their expectations and goals. For that matter, you yourself may think that a security policy does not go along with the overall objectives of your company. It is just another hassle that must be dealt with daily. For policies and procedures to be effective, your organization’s goals must go hand in hand with the importance of information security.
Your organization’s security policies are only going to be as effective as the software that safeguards them. Using outdated intrusion detection systems or anti-virus software beats the purpose of having a security policy. If your security software is not renewed periodically, your policies will remain ineffective.
Lack of accountability
Have you put anyone in charge of enforcing your policies? In a huge organization, one person alone cannot monitor the effectiveness of your information security policies and procedures. You must form a team of IT experts who can periodically review your organization’s policies and employees’ compliance with those policies. Accountability must be written out in the procedures that are circulated to your employees. When people are held accountable, effectiveness increases automatically.
Lack of training
In the fast-paced world of electronic data, the right time to mull over the effectiveness of your organization’s policies was yesterday. Evaluate the reasons we have listed here and make your policies and procedures more effective.