BSIA issues guidelines on minimising connected security systems’ exposure to digital sabotage

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has published a summary of current guidelines to minimise the exposure to digital sabotage of network-connected equipment, software and systems used in electronic security.

‘Cyber Secure It’ – Best Practice Guidelines for Connected Security Systems was developed by the Trade Association’s Cyber Security Product Assurance Group (CySPAG) and leading industry experts*, and is specifically designed to assist organisations and stakeholders involved in the manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and inspection of such systems as well as end users and those individuals involved in remotely monitoring such systems.

The document affords confidence throughout the supply chain by promoting the secure connection of products and services, instilling end user confidence in connected security solutions. The guidelines are based on international industry Best Practice and refer to recognised international guidance and standards.

Steve Lampett

Steve Lampett

Steve Lampett, technical services manager at the BSIA, said: “We think that the guidelines will become an invaluable reference document for industry practitioners and stakeholders alike as technology continues to evolve and the Internet is used to provide a better end user experience. The guidelines will enable us to better serve our industry consumers by helping them to provide professional and safe Internet-enabled security solutions.”

Backing from the NSI

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has welcomed the BSIA’s new document outlining a risk-based framework for manufacturers, installers, monitoring centres, maintainers and other stakeholders involved in the manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning, maintenance and inspection of such systems for the benefit of end users.

The NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins commented: “This is a welcome and well-presented guide to the implementation of good practice around the protection against cyber security threats. It will benefit the electronic security industry as a whole. The NSI recognises that cyber security threats are a real concern to the business community and the public at large. As more and more electronic security products are joining the Internet of Things, it’s incumbent upon stakeholders within the industry to do their part and offer protection against these risks.”

Jenkins concluded: “The risk-based framework approach of the BSIA’s document provides a good foundation to lead the security industry towards offering the appropriate level of protection for all systems, from the simple smart phone-connected intruder alarm through to the most complex of integrated server-based security solutions.”

The new guidelines are available for download at the BSIA’s website

*’Cyber Secure It’ was developed by the BSIA’s CySPAG and the following companies: Bosch Security Systems, Eaton, Horizon Two Six, ID Cyber Solutions, Securitas, Synectics, Tavcom Training, Thorn Security, UTC Fire & Security UK, VSG and WebWayOne

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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