External guidance to assist with security policies Course

How to choose the correct guidance for your organization.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Course description

Security professionals need to be careful what guidance we select and how we adapt it to our company’s unique needs. We will review many sources for such guidance, including from government, cybersecurity frameworks, publicly available templates or policies, resources and tools.


Knowledge check

File - 00:10:00


Video - 00:08:00

Wrapping up our discussion about external guidance.
Tools to assist with creating and managing policies

Video - 00:18:00

There are an infinite number of paid and proprietary tools marketed to help with this process. We're not selling or recommending any, just discussing them and how they might fit in.
Books, articles and other resources

Video - 00:09:00

There's plenty of guidance out there, including books and articles. Here are some tips to find good ones.
Cybersecurity frameworks

Video - 00:25:00

We talk about the ultimate in detailed cybersecurity guidance: frameworks from respected organizations.
Finding good sample infosec policies from the internet

Video - 00:11:00

The internet has lots of sample policies. Here are some tips on where to find quality samples. Remember, you cannot simply copy and paste for your organization!
Government regulatory guidance

Video - 00:14:00

Government created a lot of rules for us, and they also provide guidance on how to follow them. Let's talk about that.
External guidance to assist with security policies overview

Video - 00:09:00

We already talked about laws (external rules). Now, let's discuss guidance that might be helpful for us.
External guidance skill assessment

Assessment - 5 questions

Meet the author

John Bandler

John Bandler is a lawyer, consultant, speaker, teacher, and author in the areas of cybersecurity, cybercrime, privacy, investigations, and more. He is the founder of Bandler Law Firm PLLC and Bandler Group LLC, legal and consulting practices that help organizations and individuals with cybersecurity, the prevention and investigation of cybercrime, privacy, legal compliance, and more.

John has expertise in many subjects, holds a number of certifications, and is a prolific writer and speaker. He is the author of Cybersecurity for the Home and Office, a comprehensive guide to understanding and improving information security. His second book is Cybercrime Investigations, an extensive resource regarding the law, technology, process, and skills for the investigation of cybercrime. John has authored many articles on a range of topics, teaches students at the undergraduate, graduate, and law level, and provides training for professionals.

Before entering private practice, John served in government for more than twenty years as a prosecutor, police officer, and military officer. John was hired as an assistant district attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office by the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau, where he investigated and prosecuted the full range of offenses including traditional crime, cybercrime, the global trafficking of stolen data, and virtual currency money laundering. Before that, he served for eight years as a state trooper in the New York State Police, assigned to a busy patrol station providing full services to the local community. He also served in the Army Reserves.

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