British Standards Institution enhances international capabilities with CREST global accreditation

BSI, the business standards company, has boosted its newly-created cyber security and information resilience business stream with global membership of CREST, the organisation that spearheads the highest possible levels of security testing standards. In achieving this status, BSI now joins an elite group of seven organisations* who can offer myriad clients across the EMEA, the Americas, Asia and Australasia the heavyweight assurances synonymous with CREST.

BSI has also consolidated its CREST-accredited services with recently acquired CREST member companies Espion and Info-Assure. The firm now offers CREST Penetration Testing, CREST Incident Response Services, CREST START (Simulated Targeted Attack and Response) Testing and Cyber Essentials.

In supporting organisations to navigate the complex and evolving regulatory and cyber risk landscape wherein stakeholders demand greater assurances, CREST membership is an important validation of the BSI’s cyber security testing and incident response capabilities. All member companies undergo stringent assessments of business processes, data security and security testing as well as incident response methodologies. Accreditation is very robust and a challenge to attain, in turn demonstrating complete assurances of processes and procedures.

BSI is a strong proponent of CREST and its role in professionalising the technical security industry, as well as its efforts to advance the wider information security community through recent openings of international chapters in Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA. This approach has also garnered support from international regulators.

Ian Glover, president of CREST, stated: “I’m delighted that the BSI has become a full international member of CREST. As CREST continues to spearhead promoting the UK’s professional cyber security skills and experience abroad, our global members play an important ambassadorial role in showing the world exactly what excellence in securing testing should be.”

Martin Walsham, BSI director and a member of the CREST executive team, commented: “Whether attacks from data thieves, spies or saboteurs who steal from, gain unfair advantage over or damage companies, nowadays the risks posed to the confidentiality, availability or integrity of networks and associated data are immense. For those cyber security testers and incident responders charged with protecting and defending an organisation from the inside out, it’s paramount that their expertise is robust and thorough enough to meet the increased risks. Our continued alignment with CREST supports an ongoing commitment to Best Practice and high standards. This latest milestone affords us a strong platform upon which to expand our global reach.”

*The seven CREST members with global accreditation are Cisco, Context Information Security, Deloitte Touche Tomatsu, Gotham Digital Science Ltd, the NCC Group, PwC and Trustwave SpiderLabs

Long-term survival demands “a progressive approach” towards business risk

The results of a global study conducted by the BSI in partnership with the Cranfield School of Management suggest business leaders are struggling to balance risk with opportunity, in turn threatening the long-term survival of their firms.

The report, entitled ‘Organisational Resilience: A Summary of Academic Evidence, Business Insights and New Thinking’, assesses half a century’s worth of accepted wisdom on Best Practice management, subsequently identifying an acute need for firms to embrace risk if they’re to survive and thrive.

According to the study, conflicting management advice has left senior executives reluctant to intervene, with the subsequent organisational ‘paralysis’ leading firms to potentially sleepwalk into disaster.

BSI commissioned the report in the wake of discovering that less than one third of CEOs are confident in leading their firms to long-term success.

Professor David Denyer, author of the study, commented: “Great businesses are built by leaders prepared to take the bad with the good. They recognise the tension between consistent defensive behaviours that stop bad things happening and progressive and flexible ideas that allow the good to prosper. Put simply, senior leaders must manage the tensions between control, action, performance and innovation if organisations are to be truly resilient. This requires paradoxical thinking.”

Howard Kerr, global CEO at the BSI, said: “Today’s volatile business environment creates strategic tensions to which the appropriate response is rarely clear. Top executives interviewed for our report recognise that preparing for the unexpected is essential for long-term success. The ‘Organisational Resilience Tension Quadrant’ identified in this report provides leaders with clear guidance on how to take measured risks in order to unlock success.”

The study carried out by Professor Denyer highlights the benefits of pairing agile thinking with robust systems. Successful firms don’t look to achieve ‘zero risk’, but rather experience ‘zero trauma’ from business setbacks, adapting to ensure future success.

Organisational resilience has risen in prominence since it was first documented in guidance from the BSI back in 2014. This latest study sets out a clear framework for adopting good practice across a business. Effective leadership is essential for implementation, suggests the report, with executives urged to manage the tension between defence and progression, consistency and flexibility.

In conclusion, Howard Kerr observed: “A resilient organisation is one that doesn’t merely survive over the long-term, but flourishes. We believe that mastering organisational resilience offers the best opportunity for companies to pass the test of time, unlocking future prosperity and longevity. Those that learn to spring forward and not stagger backwards will reap dividends for their company, employees, investors, Government and, indeed, society in general.”

*Download a copy of the new BSI report

Fire Door Code of Practice revised

BSI has revised BS 8214 Code of Practice for Fire Door Assemblies. The updated British Standard outlines recommendations for the specification, installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors.

BS 8214 now includes updated guidance associated with the sealing between the door assembly and the surrounding structure. The recommendations are applicable for timber-based hinged or pivoted pedestrian door assemblies or door leaves fitted into frames of any material.

Other changes to the revised British Standard from its predecessor, BS 8214:2008, include new fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings to ensure this British Standard is harmonised with the recently revised BS 9999 Code of Practice for Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings.

BS 8214 was revised with suppliers of door assembly components in mind, many of whom are looking for ways in which to align their offer with the reliability of assembly offered by doorsets. The revised British Standard reflects changes in the industry to meet its usability, particularly in relation to the installation and maintenance of fire doors, and is particularly relevant to those who work in the fire performance and smoke control sectors.

Anthony Burd, head of the built environment at the BSI, said: “BS 8214 offers step-by-step guidance by experts from the fire door installation sector, certification bodies and across the industry. Failure to properly specify, install or maintain a fire door assembly could have devastating consequences. Fortunately for the industry, BS 8214 is the benchmark British Standard for the correct installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors.”

BS 8214 will be of benefit to joinery sub-contractors, door and window manufacturers, architects, building contractors, maintenance companies, certification bodies, local authorities, glass manufacturing companies, construction materials and building manufacturers and suppliers of door assembly components.

BSI convened the views of a wide range of people when designing this British Standard, including representatives of the Door and Hardware Federation and the Door Manufacturers Association, experts in the specification, installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors, door and window manufacturers, architects and the leaders of tech, inspection and certification houses.

The revised British Standard is applicable only to door assembles designed to provide fire resistance ratings of up to and including a two-hour time period when tested in accordance with other British Standards BS 476-22 or EN 1634-1. BS 8214 no longer covers door sets, which now fall under the remit of BS EN 16034.

BS 8214 references Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations 2010 as well as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

The reference to steel door assemblies in the British Standard has been removed.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI Editor, Risk UK Pro-Activ Publications

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