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BSIA issues White Paper on Information Destruction and revised guidance on Lone Working

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and its Information Destruction Section has announce the publication of a White Paper designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector and provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials.

The guide references previously published guidance documents from the Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction and the importance of secure information destruction.

Entitled Information Destruction in the Public Sector, the document specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that should 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 how the White Paper might serve private sector companies and the public sector as a whole.

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 by the BSIA in this White Paper; citizens, employees and civil servants will be better protected.”

*Download the guide in full at: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/257-information-destruction-in-the-public-sector.aspx

BSIA publishes revised lone worker guidance documents

The BSIA has also just published revisions to two of its lone worker guides.

The revisions have been made to Form 144: A Guide to Buying a Lone Worker Service and Form 288: Lone Workers – An Employer’s Guide in order to reflect recent changes in the lone worker services market.

Form 144: A Guide to Buying a Lone Worker Service provides end users with advice on how to go about procuring a lone worker service that will be right for their business and what information needs to be prepared before a potential supplier is approached.

Form 288: Lone Workers – An Employer’s Guide provides employers with essential information about their responsibilities towards their lone workers as well as detail around what they should expect from a lone worker device, its supplier, an Alarm Receiving Centre and the response.

Steve Lampett, technical officer at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA’s Lone Worker Section decided to update these very useful guides to reflect changes within the lone worker services market. While many of these changes are minor routine amendments, educating the marketplace is a key objective of the Association. On that basis, ensuring industry guidance is up to date is of vital importance.”

Amendments to the guides include the following:

Form 144: A Guide to Buying a Lone Worker Service

  • Reflection of the new requirement placed on the supplier highlighting the need to be flexible in terms of alarm escalation contacts (including at different times of the day/week, escalation and prioritisation processes)
  • Inclusion of a greater emphasis on the supplier to provide ongoing training options for the customer

Form 288: Lone Workers – An Employer’s Guide

  • Changes from BS 8484:2009 to BS 8484:2011
  • Addition of the provision for using the services of BS 8591 Category 2 Alarm Receiving Centres
  • Health and Safety Executive guidance updates
  • Reflecting the name change of the Association of Chief Police Officers by replacing it with the National Police Chiefs’ Council

Craig Swallow, chairman of the BSIA’s dedicated Lone Worker Section, stated: “We wanted to ensure that our guidance remains up to date and continues to be useful for end users to refer to when procuring a lone worker service. The Section therefore felt it necessary to update both Form 144 and Form 288. We expect further changes will need to be made to these forms and other BSIA lone worker publications when the current revision of BS 8484 has been completed in 2016.”

*The updated versions of Form 144 and 288 are available to download free of charge from the BSIA’s website: www.bsia.co.uk

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BSIA organises networking event for information destruction companies

The British Security Industry Association is holding a seminar and networking event which aims to bring together key players from across the information destruction sector, among them suppliers and stakeholders.

Taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, the event is planned for Thursday 4 December 2014 and will consist of a varied programme including educational and motivational presentations, networking opportunities and a charity auction.

The programme will encompass:
• Presentations from headline sponsors focusing on technological innovations (Global Recycling and Vecoplan), tax, accounting and outsourcing (Cobia) and insurance (Waste Insure) within the information destruction sector
• A Q&A session with a panel of up to five representatives from within the sector to facilitate an engaging discussion of some of the key issues facing the industry
• A presentation from Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement at the Information Commissioner’s Office) on the short-to-medium term outlook in terms of the key issues to be addressed
• A one-hour special keynote address by Olympic athlete and former javelin world record holder Steve Backley in which he’ll translate his training and experience in the world of sport into the business arena

The BSIA is hosting a networking event for information destruction sector professionals

The BSIA is hosting a networking event for information destruction sector professionals

Following the formal presentations there will be an informal drinks reception, dinner and evening entertainment, culminating with an auction of donated prizes in aid of Together for Short Lives, a leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.

With costs remarkably low considering what is on offer on the day, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) will be asking all companies attending to donate a prize suitable for the raffle or auction.

Sharing Best Practice and professionalism

Adam Chandler, chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, commented: “As well as the sheer entertainment value on offer, this event is also a fantastic networking opportunity and the only UK gathering of its kind designed specifically for the information destruction sector. All industry practitioners are welcome. I would encourage all information destruction companies to come along and share Best Practice ideas and techniques as well as celebrate the capability and professionalism that exists within our sector.”

For further details on price or to book your place, download a booking form from the BSIA’s website via the following link: http://www.bsia.co.uk/app/images/documents/events_2014/id-2014-delegate-bf.pdf

An early bird discount is applicable for bookings made before 1 September 2014.

For more information about the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/information-destruction

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