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New Supply Chain Risk Management Standard published by ASIS International

​ASIS International has issued a new standard to help organisations address operational risks in their supply chains, including risks to tangible and intangible assets.

Developed by a global, cross-disciplinary technical team in partnership with the Supply Chain Security Council, the ‘Supply Chain Risk Management: A Compilation of Best Practises’ Standard will serve as a practitioner’s guide to Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and associated processes for the management of risks within a given company and its end-to-end supply chain.

This guidance Standard is a compilation of current Best Practice techniques. It presents a generic approach to risk and resilience management that’s applicable to all types of risk and all types of organisations. View the Executive Summary (PDF). ASIS members are allowed one free download.

Assessment and control of risk events

SCRM is a vital process for organisations reliant upon extended operations – both internal and external – for their success. It involves the assessment and control of risk events at all points in an end-to-end supply chain, from sources of raw materials through to end use by customers and consumers alike.

ASIS International has produced a new Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

ASIS International has produced a new Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

“In today’s global economy, all organisations have critical dependencies and interdependencies,” explained Dr Marc H Siegel, commissioner of the ASIS Global Standards Initiative. “Therefore, to build a resilient business it’s essential to understand the organisation’s supply chain and how risks within the business and its supply chain impact the achievement of objectives.”

Dr Siegel added: “Based on the experiences of both large and small organisations, this is the first standard to provide practical guidance around managing risks in the supply chain to increase the resilience capacity for businesses and create value.”

The SCRM Standard will help practitioners anticipate, prevent, protect, mitigate, manage, respond to and recover from potentially undesirable and disruptive events, as well as identify opportunities.

However, the best strategy for addressing risk events will be determined by the organisation’s context of operations, its risk appetite and the results of risk assessments.

Adoption of this standard should build on rather than supplant existing specialisedd risk programmes.

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SSAIB CEO Geoff Tate to retire at the end of 2014

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board has announced on its website that CEO Geoff Tate will retire at the end of 2014.

Geoff has led the SSAIB since 1999, when he took over the CEO’s role from founder David Hinge, and over the past 15 years has built the organisation into a body with a record 1,500-plus registered firms.

Following the merger of AISC, Integrity 2000 and the SSAIB in early 2001, which created an enlarged and unified SSAIB, the certification body has signficantly expanded its remit within the sectors of manned services and electronic security systems, fire protection, environmental management and occupational Health and Safety management systems, as well as telecare monitoring equipment for social alarms.

The SSAIB also gained important approval from the Security Industry Authority as an Approved Contractor Scheme assessment body.

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

Geoff Tate: CEO at the SSAIB

Moving to become SSAIB chairman

Fortunately, Geoff will continue his association beyond 2014 by becoming chairman of SSAIB – a move that will provide continuity for the organisation.

He’ll also maintain his existing role as a member of various British and European standards committees.

“It’s now time for me to make way for someone who can lead the SSAIB during the next phase of its development,” explained Tate. “The past 15 years have been significant ones for the SSAIB, as it’s moved into a mainstream role as a certification body that’s become fully accepted by insurers, the police and fire services.”

Tate continued: “Importantly, however, we’ve aimed to expand our role without losing sight of the qualities that set the SSAIB apart from other certification bodies. Our approach is inclusive of small and large providers alike, and we always try to offer guidance and encouragement to certificated firms, as well as companies considering certification, as part of our goal to add value to the certification process.”

Tate went on to say: “The SSAIB is all about raising standards and that’s an aim we intend to continue pursuing. We set out to help our registered firms comply with British and European standards because it’s a myth that standards are designed to be a bureaucratic and costly hurdle for installers and others to try and avoid wherever possible. Standards are the key to unlocking product innovation and serving customers who ultimately fund the industry through their purchasing decisions.”

The SSAIB will be recruiting a successor to Geoff Tate in the coming months, with the aim of allowing the incoming CEO a transitional handover period before taking over at the start of 2015.

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BSIA launches online guide to simplify CCTV standards landscape

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the CCTV standards landscape.

From British Standards to IEC, and Cenelec to the Government’s new CCTV Code of Practice, the world of CCTV standards can be a complex one to navigate.

For CCTV companies, understanding how this ever-changing standards landscape affects their business can be a daunting task.

With this in mind, the British Security Industry Association has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the standards landscape, as well as basic details of the various bodies that are involved in development of the British, European and International standards that impact the whole of the UK’s CCTV sector.

The BSIA has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the CCTV standards landscape

The BSIA has produced a simple ‘standards map’ to provide a useful overview of the CCTV standards landscape

Available online as an interactive PDF incorporating expandable subject headings, the standards map also provides CCTV companies with a snapshot of how they themselves can influence the development of future standards by becoming involved in the various standards committees operating on UK, European and international levels.

Involvement in standards development

David Wilkinson, technical manager at the BSIA, commented: “Knowing what standards are in the pipeline and how they will impact on their business is a key reason why many BSIA members choose to become involved in standards development through the BSIA and its position on various standards Working Groups.”

David Wilkinson: technical manager at the BSIA

David Wilkinson: technical manager at the BSIA

Wilkinson continued: “In fact, in a recent survey of BSIA members the opportunity to become involved in developing standards was cited among the top three benefits of membership, with 100% of respondents from the BSIA’s CCTV Section expressing high levels of satisfaction with the BSIA’s work in this arena.”

Simon Adcock, chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV section, added: “This map gives non-BSIA members an idea of the complex world of standards development that affects their business, and also illustrates the key role played by the BSIA in co-ordinating the industry’s response to new standards and Codes of Practice.”

Simon Adcock: chairman of the BSIA's CCTV Section

Simon Adcock: chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section

Detailed version for BSIA members

A more complex version of the standards map is also available exclusively to BSIA members. This version contains more detail about the current status of standards in progress, including in-depth information regarding comment reviews and the results of BSIA member consultations.

Updated every quarter, this document ensures that members are kept fully informed about the work conducted on the industry’s behalf.

A copy of the simplified standards roadmap can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website http://www.bsia.co.uk/cctv/cctv-standards

BSIA members can access the full version via the Members’ Area of the site: http://www.bsia.co.uk/bsia-members-area

To find out more about the BSIA and its work in standards development visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

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