Organisations must lead the way with standards

Posted On 27 Nov 2013
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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, believes that organisations need to lead the way in setting security standards when dealing with large amounts of personal data. The suggestion is one of a number of recommendations to have emerged from a white paper, entitled Privacy vs Intelligence: Managing the tension in the era of big data, commissioned by the Institute. The paper focuses on the pressures organisations are faced with when finding the right balance in how they manage data, providing the flexibility for people to set their own boundaries on how much information they are ready to provide. Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says:” Captured data is a valuable resource that can benefit both organisations and individuals; providing more personalised services and making businesses more efficient. However, it is vital that organisations respect the privacy of individuals and treat personal data with the same level of security as they would any other valuable asset. As more and more data is collected, organisations will need to regularly evaluate how they deal with that information and make sure they are open and transparent with their customers to ensure continued trust.” The whitepaper also considers how those working in IT manage the conflict and suggests four areas where skills need to be developed: refreshing data and consent; the appreciation of context in the use of information; carrying out privacy impact assessments; and developing the mechanisms to simplify consent. Adam Thilthorpe continues:” CIOs will need to ensure that their teams have the right skills to manage the tensions between information and privacy. First and foremost, providing excellent customer service and respecting people’s personal information is key to success for any savvy organisation.” The white paper is broken into a number of sections: Personal information and big data; The benefits of big data; The risks of big data; Public concerns; Data Protection Act; Strategies; Skills; Personal data stores; and The long term. This is part of a wider campaign by BCS, focusing on how organisations manage data and supporting best practice which includes: a video debate hosted by the Institute, blogs and additional articles. Click here for more information

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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.