Network Security Policy

What Does Network Security Policy Mean?

A network security policy is a formal document that outlines the principles, procedures and guidelines to enforce, manage, monitor and maintain security on a computer network. It is designed to ensure that the computer network is protected from any act or process that can breach its security.

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Techopedia Explains Network Security Policy

A network security policy primarily helps in protecting a computer network from network security threats – both internal and external – from the organization or network. It is generally a broad document and varies based on the underlying environment, organization and/or legal requirements. Typically a network security policy documents:

  • Rules and legal procedures to access the network and to modify its characteristics.
  • Governance and management over Web/Internet access
  • Implementation of security procedures (access control) on network nodes and devices
  • Role/Privilege based policies, such as identifying authorized and unauthorized services/processes any user can perform on the network

A network security policy is usually part of a broader information security policy.

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