British Security Industry Association (BSIA)

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British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Overview:

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the professional trade association for the security industry in the UK. Its aim is to help its member companies succeed in an ever-changing and highly competitive business environment. A vitally important element of this is ensuring its members provide the highest possible standard of products and service to their customers.

The BSIA has over 500 members responsible for more than 70% of UK security business, including CCTV, access control, manned security, information destruction, physical security, cash-in-transit and alarm manufacture, distribution and installation.


The BSIA's vision is to create a climate where the BSIA hallmark is a symbol of quality and professionalism for security buyers and industry partners.


As the voice of the British private security industry, the BSIA mission is to support members and encourage excellence; educate the marketplace on the value of quality and professional security; and create an atmosphere in which our members can flourish.

Key values

  • Dedication - we are committed to serving all our members equally.
  • High standards - we promote best practice and excellence to add value.
  • Innovation - we push the boundaries, using a positive attitude to lead the industry forward.
  • Integrity - we operate ethically to do the right thing.
  • Belief - we are passionate about what we do.

Key areas of BSIA activity include:

Information dissemination

The BSIA disseminates information to members, potential members, users of security products/services, related organisations and the general public to raise awareness and understanding of issues relating to security and crime prevention.


The BSIA lobbies key organisations/bodies to form valuable working partnerships and achieve desirable changes e.g. Members of Parliament, the Home Office, Association of Chief Police Officers, Association of British Insurers.

The BSIA is extremely active in liaising with Government to ensure that legislation reflects industry and customer needs. The Association lobbied for regulation of the security industry for over 15 years, culminating in the introduction of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and the launch of the Security Industry Authority.


One of the BSIA's top priorities is the maintenance of high standards within the industry, and it places rigorous requirements on companies wishing to become members. BSIA draws up industry codes of practice and technical documents, often then submitting documents for consideration as British Standards. Our representatives work on European standards committees to ensure these will meet the practical needs of the industry and its customers


In 2006 a skills body for the private security sector was formed. 'Skills for Security' incorporates the Security Industry Training Organisation, the BSIA's training subsidiary, which was divested from the Association to form the new skills body. The BSIA is working with Skills for Security, alongside other key industry stakeholders, to help to establish a stronger skills foundation which will add further benefits for the industry and its people.

British Security Industry Association (BSIA) news

Tavcom Training presents ‘The Future of Security Training Theatre’ at IFSEC International 2018

Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group, has announced it is once again delivering the free educational programme for ‘The Future of Security Training Theatre‘ at IFSEC International 2018, with sponsor Panasonic UK. The Theatre will deliver a range of essential CPD accredited presentations on cutting-edge subjects that are key to technical security professionals. Renowned for over ten years as the ‘Tavcom Theatre’, this year, following an extensive research programme, show organisers UBM have rebranded the theatre to meet with the theme for the event. ‘The Future of Security Training Theatre’ will be a major element in the new ‘Show Me How’ project at IFSEC 2018, which will identify educational opportunities where visitors can learn about industry best practice and capabilities. This year’s schedule promises something for everyone, including cyber security and integrated networks, audio systems, countering drone threats" Physical and cyber security education Tavcom Training Executive Director, Paul Tennent commented, “We have a longstanding and proud tradition of delivering free education at IFSEC, which expects to see over 40,000 visitors this year and has been at the heart of the security market for more than 40 years. This year’s schedule promises something for everyone, including cyber security and integrated networks, audio systems, countering drone threats and the ever-increasing links between physical and cyber security.” During the three days of the show, Tavcom will deliver a wide range of free educational sessions which will be supported by specialist speakers from across the security industry, including: Peter Mason, M Ed., CTSP, who has been the lead IP tutor for Tavcom Training Ltd for over 15 years, starts the programme with ‘Future of Security Networks’. Peter is also presenting: ‘Cybercrime and security’. David Needham, Sales Manager for Axis in the UK and Ireland, will be presenting ‘Network Audio Systems – Integrated Audio made Smart and Easy’. Jim Perkins, Business Development Manager at Panasonic UK will be discussing video management systems with: ‘Panasonic breaks the VMS mould with video insight’. Nikola Serfimovski, Director – Business Strategy at PureLifi will be giving a seminar entitled: ‘LiFi, the future of high bandwidth secure broadband communication’. Mike Gillespie, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Advent IM Ltd and Vice President of the C3i Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science (CSCSS) will be presenting ‘Raising standards; raising cyber security awareness’. Justin Pringle, Chief Technology Officer CTO at DroneOps Ltd will be giving a timely presentation entitled: ’Countering the drone threat’. Tony Weeks, Head of Technical Services at the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) will be discussing ‘Automating the transfer of alarms to emergency services: maximising public benefits’. Dr Mark Wherrett CEng MIET CTSP will present the future of analytics in a seminar entitled: ‘Smart, connected cameras and big data – the power of video is being unleashed’ IP-based integration and video analytics Tavcom Training’s Warren Collins CTSP will be discussing the integration of security systems with ‘Deploying an IP Based Integration Project’, whilst Senior Tavcom Training Tutor, Dr Mark Wherrett CEng MIET CTSP, will present the future of analytics in a seminar entitled: ‘Smart, connected cameras and big data – the power of video is being unleashed’. IFSEC International is also the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), which has been endorsed in the UK by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), as well as internationally by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA). It represents the only opportunity for individuals fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire systems sectors, to be officially recognised for their competencies and qualifications on a public register. Paul Tennent continued, “IFSEC International will again deliver on its promise to educate and enlighten visitors. Myself and the team at Linx International Group look forward to seeing you there!”

Tavcom Training's Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP) enrollments cross over 200 applications

Tavcom Training is delighted to announce that the Certified Technical Security Professional Register (CTSP) has received over 200 applications to join the Register since launching on 1st September 2017. The CTSP Register has been endorsed in the UK by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the SSAIB, as well as internationally by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA). It represents the only opportunity for installers and those who maintain security/fire systems, to be officially recognised for their competencies and qualifications on a public register. Raising professional standards CTSP Registrar, Kevin Matthew, states: “We are delighted so many security professionals have seized the opportunity to have their qualifications, competency and experience recognised on the CTSP Register. The industry is now a step closer to raising professional standards in the technical security sector, however, our ultimate ambition is for every practitioner to reach the CTSP standard and take their place on the Professional Register.” All applications are strictly assessed by the Registration Manager, to ensure only those with the necessary credentials are admitted to the Register. The core disciplines covered by CTSP include: Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV), Access Control, Intruder and Hold up Alarms and Fire Alarm Systems. The publicly searchable Register lists Registrants and the discipline they are qualified in, enabling end users and employers to confidently select a qualified technical security professional.  CTSP online application process The CTSP application process is conducted online and costs £25, with a £50 annual registration fee payable upon successful admittance to the Register. The Registrant then becomes part of a certified professional network and has the right to use post-nominals (e.g. John Smith CTSP) and the use of the CTSP logo on promotional materials.

Stocksigns Group highlights CCTV surveillance and signage norms for businesses

According to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) there are estimated to be up to 6 million CCTV surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom. Many businesses use CCTV systems for their security benefits, however the images of people captured is classified as personal data. Due to this, businesses must comply with the Data Protection Act, or from May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Danny Adamson, Managing Director of Surrey-based signage makers Stocksigns Group said, “As part of a businesses’ obligation under the legislation, you must tell people that you are taking their personal data. The most effective way of doing this is by using prominently placed signs in any area covered by CCTV. This should be at the entrance to the area, as well as within.” “Clear and prominent signs are particularly important when the CCTV cameras are placed discreetly or where people do not expect to be under surveillance. Signs should be prominent and frequent.” CCTV signage for business security Stocksigns Group, which is made up of Stocksigns, Messagemaker and First Call Signs, has provided signage to British businesses for over 60 years. Their dedicated team of experts help companies understand the signage they need and how to ensure they are compliant with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). Danny Adamson continues, “Having CCTV signage is an added deterrent when it comes to protecting a property and cost very little to install. Not having the correct signage in place is often where businesses fall short. If you are unsure about what signage is required and where to position it, it’s always best seeking expert help and visiting the Information Commissioner’s Office website.” Below is a useful guide for CCTV signage created by the Stocksigns Group in-house experts. CCTV signage check list Signage should be clearly visible and readable. It will also need to show details of the organisation operating the system, the purpose of its use and who to contact if there are any queries. Signs should be an appropriate size in relation to its context. If the sign needs to be seen by a car driver it should be bigger, and if it is in a shop then a small sign would be more suitable. All staff should know what to do and who to contact if a member of the public enquires about the CCTV system. Any signs in a public area must show the organisation or authority responsible for the systems. Take care when it comes to positioning your CCTV cameras. Although your cameras may be positioned on site, they may still capture images of people walking by. If this is the case your CCTV signage should be visible outside the business too. Consider whether installing CCTV is necessary for the location it is in. It could be more cost effective and better for the environment to use new signage or, for example in a car park, installing new lights instead of investing in an expensive system.