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8 steps for implementing a successful security plan

Chloe Dobinson | Jan. 9, 2017
Reviewing policies, delegating tasks and analysing budgets are just some of the steps CIOs can take when creating a successful security plan.

A successful security plan will not only protect employee information, reduce threats and maintain the organisation reputation but it will also ensure security is a top priority for all executives and employees.

We look at the 8 steps businesses should take when implementing a successful security plan.

1. How to implement a security strategy: Understand the business

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Businesses should be fully prepared when developing a detailed security plan and business audit.

Collecting information from previous security audits and the company website is useful for assessing which areas need particular attention.

This can help CIOs understand the business culture and meet the security needs of both employees and the organisation overall.

2. How to implement a security strategy: Analyse the current budget

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Reviewing the budget is vital for developing a security plan as it gives organisations better control of its potential costs.

Collaborating with the security team can highlight what needs to be done and outline security costs, helping to shape a realistic yet effective security strategy.

This will highlight areas for investment and how the business can ensure a secure programme.

3. How to implement a security strategy: Review existing security policies

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Current and successful guidelines can help draft the next security plan.

Taking notes, asking questions and collaborating with shareholders and business executives can help put a secure plan in place while also meeting security standards.

Often gaps in knowledge are a big problem when executing security procedures, so identifying risks such as staff knowledge, poor encryption and unsecured devices will help ensure personal data is protected, while also making employees aware of the security risks.

4. How to implement a security strategy: Building a team

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Assessing talent will help build a successful team and in turn, provide a successful security plan implementation.

A team combining security skills, experience and understanding of the organisation's security history will offer the best implementation results. 

It might be worthwhile having junior staff listen in and take part in aspect of the strategy as an act of futureproofing your organisation and future security audits.

5. How to implement a security strategy: Formalise a security plan

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A security roadmap will demonstrate a clear security plan for set and achievable goals.

A good security plan should including costs, objectives and goals and monitor each aspect of the implementation, including employee understanding.

This will increase team collaboration, communication skills and staff productivity when delivering a successful security plan.

6. How to implement a security strategy: Delegate tasks

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