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An end user policy is a set of directives that describes what actions employees must take -- or avoid -- in order to protect corporate assets. An end user policy can be an informal set of guidelines handed out to employees or hung in a public place or it can be a more formal signed contract, whose violation is terms for dismissal.
Types of end user policies include:
Acceptable use policy (AUP) - a policy that a user must agree to follow in order to be provided with access to a network or to the Internet.
Clean desk policy (CDP) - a corporate directive that specifies how employees should leave their work space when they leave the office.
Consumerization policy - a documented set of practices for managing the use of consumer devices and technologies within a given organization.
Corporate mobility policy - a set of guidelines that govern the use and security of corporate-owned mobile devices.
Social networking policy (SNP) - a corporate code of conduct that provides guidelines for employees who post content on the Internet either as part of their job or as a private person.