Computer networks can open am organization to a multitude of both internal and external threats.

Computer networks can expose a business to multitude of threats. Without clearly defined IT policies and procedures regarding the usage of company issued computers, backups, Backup Continuation Planning (BCP), the proper way to retire old equipment, company email use policy, and the Internet the organization can be left vulnerable to a variety of serious threats.
A well-defined IT policy protects an organization from internal and external threats

Malware, social media surveys, and websites that are designed to steal, corrupt or destroy information can be used against the organization and/or its clients/customers. Malicious websites can exploit vulnerabilities to install programs that allow for unauthorized access to a network and its data. Self-replicating “worms” can replicate within hours to bring down a network.

Cyber attacks can confidential information to fall into the hands of criminals, rivals, modify or destroy important data like customer records and compromise sensitive information like customer accounts and details.

The proper management of IT use within the organization. can eliminate many such risks. In implementing an IT policy, organizations gain protection from external threats and help prevent internal IT & security breaches.
An IT policy improves transparency and efficiency

Implementing and enforcing an IT policy not only protects an organization. from outside and internal threats - it can also improve confidence with clients, vendors, and employees.

An Acceptable Use Policy educates your employees what they can use the company computer network for. A properly trained workforce will help prevent accidental breaches arising from lack of training and enforcement.

Proper enforcing IT policies and procedures helps reduce potential threats to a network and most importantly its data. A well-run network is a key part a well-run business

Characteristics of a good IT policy

An IT policy is only as effective as the degree to which it is practiced within the organization. Therefore, a good policy is one which is easily and clearly understood. Policies should also be flexible and open to changes as requirements, capabilities and environments evolve. It is also important for policies to be up-to-date so as to remain relevant.

Designing and implementing a meaningful IT policy can present a daunting task. Companies without this core capability should consider approaching professional IT firms to advise and implement its IT Policy.