BS 16000 Security Management Standard published by British Standards Institution

BSI has just published the security management standard BS 16000

BSI has just published the security management standard BS 16000

Business standards company the British Standards Institution (BSI) has published BS 16000: Security Management – Strategic and Operational Guidelines. The guidance outlines the basic principles of security management and describes what should be included to effectively manage security in organisations of all types and sizes.

Security management is, of course, a vitally important strategic capability that can help organisations achieve their objectives by protecting their reputation and financial well-being. Effective security management goes beyond simply reacting to threats and risks and can assist today’s companies in identifying opportunities and gaining competitive advantage.

BS 16000 describes the security principles and devices that help organisations to develop a security strategy as well as plan and implement security processes. Importantly, the all-new document includes vocabulary, principles and a framework for anyone involved in security functions within an organisation to use either as a starting point or to review and improve their own existing security arrangements.

An organisation may have already implemented security solutions designed to address either all or some of its security needs. BS 16000 can be employed to assist in the monitoring and review of the organisation’s security management regime in order to determine how and where it might be improved.

Commenting on the new document, Anne Hayes (head of market development for governance and risk at BSI) explained: “There’s no single business that cannot benefit from having a clear view of security and embedding the discipline at a strategic level. As a high-level standard, BS 16000 has a wide range of applications across businesses of all sectors and sizes. The major management systems standards covering the environment, business continuity, risk and quality all include elements of security so BS 16000 absolutely complements them but is specifically designed to look more closely at security management.”

Elements covered within BS 16000

BS 16000 includes guidance on:

*Understanding the host organisation’s context

*Developing a security framework

*Security risk assessment procedures

*Implementing security solutions

*Implementing the security programme

*Security solutions (including physical security, technical security, security guarding, information security, procedural security and personnel security solutions)

*Monitoring the security programme

Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI

Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI

Mike Bluestone CSyP FSyI, chairman of the the BS 16000 Committee, stated: “This British Standard brings together the essential aspects of security management in simple, jargon-free language. It’s just as relevant to SMEs as it is the larger organisations. BS 16000 includes the fundamental security management principles on which today’s businesses can gain a better understanding of good security practice. From our perspective it’s very much a gateway to additional, sector-specific security standards.”

BS 16000 was developed using a consensus-based collaboration from industry experts including ASIS International, the British Security Industry AssociationCorps Security, City Security and Resilience Networks, the Continuity Forum, the National Security Inspectorate, NHS Protect, The Security Institute, the Security Industry Authority, the International Professional Security Association, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board and the UK Cards Association.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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