The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) specialist Information Destruction Section has announced the publication of a White Paper on the subject of Information Destruction to be used by public sector entities.
The White Paper is designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies – and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector – that will provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials.
This new guidance references previous documents published by the UK Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction and the importance of secure information destruction in general.
Entitled ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’, the BSIA’s document specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that must be disposed of in the appropriate manner.
Threat profiles are assessed and analysed in tiers of severity, while the White Paper also affords organisations guidance on specifying the desired outcomes that information destruction should produce.
Adam Chandler, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, has expressed his views on how the White Paper might serve private sector companies as well as the public sector.
“The security of information is an issue of paramount importance in the 21st Century,” asserted Chandler. “Data breaches can be more than costly. They can ruin a Government’s credibility as well as a private sector company’s reputation. British organisations must fortify their infrastructure by ensuring standards are upheld and that data is adequately disposed of. By adhering to the standards set by the Government and referenced in this BSIA White Paper, citizens, employees and civil servants alike will all be better protected.”
*Download a copy of ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’ here: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/257-information-destruction-in-the-public-sector.aspx