What is an Acceptable Use Policy?
There are things that we do and do not want people to do with company computers, systems and data. The acceptable use policy set’s out what we expect and explains it in simple terms.
An acceptable use policy would be read by everyone that uses the company systems and a signed acceptance of the policy would be kept. It is about accountability, responsibility and respect.
The acceptable use policy ensures people understand what is expected of them when using company resources.
Acceptable Use Policy Template
The acceptable use policy template is a simple yet effective policy on the acceptable use of company assets.
The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy
The purpose of this policy is to make employees and external party users aware of the rules for the acceptable use of assets associated with information and information processing. Guiding principles, individually responsibility, intellectual property, use of personal equipment, internet and email usage, instant messaging, social media, working offsite and mobile storage devices as well as monitoring and filtering and reporting are covered in this policy.
What should an acceptable use policy contain?
Document Version Control
Document Contents Page
Acceptable Use of Assets Policy
Internet and Email Usage
Working Off Site
Mobile Storage Devices
Monitoring and Filtering
Acceptable Use Policy FAQ
The acceptable use policy applies to all staff, contracts and third parties that access or use company assets.
People cannot be expected to follow guidelines and rules unless you tell them what they are. The acceptable use policy is used to inform people of what is, and what is not, expected of them. The misuse of computer equipment and information can have legal, regulatory and repetitional consequences for the organisation.
Yes. It is a key document in the protection of the organisation. Often part of the HR processes of onboarding it is also embedded in the culture of the organisation and resigned up to annually.