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Chapter 6. Building a Cisco NAC Applianc... > Involving the Right People in the Cr...

Involving the Right People in the Creation of the Host Security Policy

At the very beginning of the planning for a NAC Appliance deployment or purchase, it is extremely important to obtain project sponsorship from senior-level management. Given that NAC Appliance will force a change on the user community’s behavior and network access, this is a mandatory step. Without senior-level sponsorship, your NAC Appliance deployment could be derailed by a few users who are not happy with or willing to accept the new policy changes.

Having the endorsement of senior management grants you the power to push back on those users in a constructive way. Too often the security group spends the time to develop sound security policies and practices only to be told that they are too restrictive and need to be changed. This can be avoided by making sure that you keep your sponsors involved and up to date on the progress and content of your host security policy. It is also critical that you have your final version approved by your sponsorship committee prior to releasing it to the public. Try to anticipate the type of reaction, resistance, and questions the user community will have. Be ready with solid rebuttals, facts, and collateral to combat their arguments, answer their questions, and make them feel more comfortable that the new host security policy is the correct one.


  

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