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Remote Access Policy


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This policy lays down specific requirements and best practices for remote access to our organization's internal networks and systems. This is part of our commitment to protect and safeguard the company's digital assets from cybersecurity threats.












1. Remote Access Policy Statement:

This policy lays down specific requirements and best practices for remote access to our organization's internal networks and systems. This is part of our commitment to protect and safeguard the company's digital assets from cybersecurity threats.

2. Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to articulate the protocols and standards for employees and other stakeholders when remotely connecting to our organization's network. This is to ensure the safe and secure access and transmission of company data.

3. Scope:

This policy applies to all employees, contractors, vendors, and agents who connect to the organization's network remotely. This encompasses the use of both company-provided and personal devices.

4. Remote Access Policy:

4.1. User Requirements (Refer to NIST 800-53 Control AC-17)

Users must guarantee that their remote access connection complies with the company's internal network security standards. To ensure this, all remote connections must be secured with up-to-date antivirus software and a firewall, both of which must be approved by the organization's IT department.

4.2. Device Requirements (Refer to NIST 800-53 Control CM-7)

All devices used for remote access must comply with the security requirements set by our IT department. This includes the installation of the latest security patches and updates. In case a device fails to meet these requirements, the company reserves the right to deny or terminate the connection to ensure network security.

4.3. Authentication (Refer to NIST 800-53 Control IA-2)

All remote users must authenticate their identity before gaining access to our network. The authentication process entails a unique username and a robust password. Moreover, we highly recommend the use of two-factor authentication, such as biometric data or a security token, wherever possible.

4.4. Session Timeout (Refer to NIST 800-53 Control AC-12)

To protect our network from unauthorized access, all remote sessions will automatically disconnect after a period of 30 minutes of inactivity. To re-establish the connection, users will need to authenticate their identity again.

4.5. Protection Measures (Refer to NIST 800-53 Control SC-13)

To maintain data integrity during transmission, remote users must use secure and encrypted network connections. Connections must be made via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Secure Shell (SSH).

5. Enforcement:

Employees found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, commensurate with the severity of the breach. Serious offenses may result in termination and possible legal action.

6. Definitions:

  • Remote Access: Connecting to a network from a remote location.

  • Two-Factor Authentication: A security process that requires two distinct forms of identification.

  • VPN (Virtual Private Network): A secured private network connection built on top of a public network, such as the internet.

  • SSH (Secure Shell): A cryptographic network protocol for secure data communication.

7. Revision History:

This section includes a record of changes made to the policy, including initial drafts, reviews, and subsequent updates and amendments.


Remember, while I've referenced NIST controls, the exact implementation will depend on your organization's unique requirements and circumstances. Always consult with a cybersecurity expert or legal advisor when crafting such policies.

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