73. What is continuous monitoring and why are information security policies so important?

Continuous monitoring - for purposes of information security - are the processes utilized for detecting compliance and relevant risk issues relating to an organization’s information security environment. Continuous monitoring can be enterprise-wide or specific to certain domains - for example - organizations can implement broad measures, along with focusing on more select areas, such as network security, change management, user access, etc. A large part of successful continuous monitoring initiatives include audits, monitoring of controls, along with review other best practices relating to information security. Though the goal is compliance specific to various stated policies and procedures, continuous monitoring helps identify areas of deficiency and remediation, ultimately helping lower risk and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of critical system resources.

Cyber Security Threats Highlight the Need for Continuous Monitoring and Policies and Procedures

With today’s ever-growing cybersecurity threats and malicious attacks, continuous monitoring has become a focal point for both regulatory compliance and information security best practices. Additional benefits of continuous monitoring include the ability to timely detect problems and weaknesses within information security, ultimately leading to quick resolution, while also providing assurances that critical controls are operating effectively as designed.

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However, continuous monitoring is only as successful as the policies and procedures in place for an organization’s overall information systems architecture, thus the need for developing comprehensive, enterprise-wide policies and procedures has never been greater. After all, how can one monitor critical system resource for compliance - such as user access rights - if little to policies even exist discussing such practices?  FLANK, a global leader in offering security documentation, offers the FLANK21 set of documents containing literally hundreds of operational, business specific, and information security policies, procedures, forms, checklists, templates, provisioning and hardening documents, and more. They’re available for purchase and immediate download today.