External guidance to assist with security policies

How to choose the correct guidance for your organization.


  • Knowledge check File — 00:10:00
  • External guidance to assist with security policies overview Video — 00:08:42
    • We already talked about laws (external rules). Now, let’s discuss guidance that might be helpful for us.

  • Government regulatory guidance Video — 00:14:14
    • Government created a lot of rules for us, and they also provide guidance on how to follow them. Let’s talk about that.

  • Finding good sample infosec policies from the internet Video — 00:10:40
    • 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!

  • Cybersecurity frameworks Video — 00:24:40
    • We talk about the ultimate in detailed cybersecurity guidance: frameworks from respected organizations.

  • Books, articles and other resources Video — 00:08:40
    • There’s plenty of guidance out there, including books and articles. Here are some tips to find good ones.

  • Tools to assist with creating and managing policies Video — 00:17:59
    • 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.

  • Summary Video — 00:07:57
    • Wrapping up our discussion about external guidance.

  • Corporate Security Policies course 4 assessment Assessment — 5 questions — 00:02:30


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.

Meet the author

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, compliance, risk management, and governance. John has expertise in many subjects, holds a number of certifications, and is a prolific writer and speaker. His first book is Cybersecurity for the Home and Office, his second book is Cybercrime Investigations, an extensive resource regarding the law, technology, process, and skills regarding the investigation of cybercrime. John has authored articles on a range of topics and teaches professionals and students at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels. Before entering private practice, John served in government as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted criminal offenses ranging from cybercrime, virtual currency money laundering, and traditional street crimes and frauds. Prior to that, he served as a state trooper in the New York State Police providing full police services to the local community.

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