How to Write an Acceptable Use Policy

Todd Crane


In today's cyber-driven world, it is more important than ever to have a written Acceptable Use Policy for your employees. A well-crafted policy can help protect your company from cyber threats, and can also help to regulate employee behavior when using company devices or networks. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of creating an acceptable use policy, as well as some tips for making sure your policy is effective.

Disclaimer: We are not attorneys and this is not legal advice. All policies should be reviewed by a lawyer licensed in the jurisdictions where you have employees, or better yet, have the lawyers craft them.

The first step in creating an acceptable use policy is to decide what types of behavior you want to regulate. For example, you may want to forbid employees from accessing certain websites while on company devices or prohibit the downloading of unauthorized software. Once you have decided what behaviors you want to regulate, you can begin drafting your policy.

When drafting your acceptable use policy, be sure to use clear and concise language. Your employees should be able to understand the policy without difficulty, and it should be easy for them to follow. In addition, make sure that your policy complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Once your policy is complete, be sure to distribute it to all employees and require them to sign an acknowledgment that they have received and understood the policy.

Enforcing your acceptable use policy is just as important as creating it. Be sure to set clear consequences for violating the policy, and enforce those consequences consistently. By taking these steps, you can help create a cyber-secure environment for your company, and help to ensure that your employees are using company devices and networks appropriately.

About Simeon Networks

Simeon Networks is an award-winning cybersecurity firm and managed IT provider with offices in Nashville, TN, Plano, TX, and Tucson, AZ. They specialize in assessing and reducing cyber risk for small and mid-sized businesses. They can reduce complex technical problems and solutions down to the simplest of terms that any business owner can understand, regardless of technology literacy.


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