The event will provide data protection practitioners with an opportunity to hear presentations on a range of topical issues The British Security Industry Association’s Information Destruction section will be exhibiting at the upcoming Information Commissioner’s Office’s Annual Data Protection Practitioner Conference. The event, which will be held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Monday 14th March, provides data protection practitioners with an opportunity to raise questions, hear presentations on a range of topical issues and attend a variety of relevant seminars. Running alongside the busy seminar programme, will be an information market where organisations involved in activities that are relevant to the Data Protection Act will be exhibiting. The BSIA’s Information Destruction section will have expert representatives on hand throughout the course of the day to provide advice and guidance on secure data destruction. Principle of the Data Protection Act Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction section, Adam Chandler, explains: “Under the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act, a business must take appropriate measures against accidental loss, destruction or damage to personal data and against unauthorised or unlawful processing of the data. To fully comply with the Act, a data handler must have a written contract with a company capable of handling confidential waste, which can provide a guarantee that all aspects of collection and destruction are carried out in a secure and compliant manner. To ensure this, suppliers should comply with the European Standard BS EN 15713:2009 for security shredding and also BS 7858 for staff vetting. “Representatives of our section will be present at this year’s Data Protection Practitioner Conference to help delegates understand the importance of securely disposing confidential material in line with the Data Protection Act.” Delegates wishing to find out more information about information destruction services, or looking to find a reputable supplier that complies with both BS EN 15713 and BS 7858, should visit the BSIA on stand number 19.
The paper is designed to provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and its Information Destruction section are pleased to announce the publication of a white paper to be used by public sector entities. Provide correct protocols The paper is designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies, and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector, to provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials. The guide references previously published guidance documents from the Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction, and the importance of secure information destruction thereof. The new guide entitled “Information Destruction in the Public Sector” specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that should be disposed of in the appropriate manner. Guidance on specifying the desired outcomes Threat profiles are assessed and analysed in tiers of severity, and the paper also gives organisations guidance on specifying the desired outcomes that information destruction should produce. Adam Chandler, Chairman of the Information Destruction section of the BSIA expressed how the white paper might serve private companies, the public sector, and the country: “The security of information is an issue of paramount importance in the 21st century. Data breaches can be more than costly, they can ruin a government’s credibility as well as a private company’s reputation. British organisations must fortify their infrastructure by ensuring standards are upheld and that data is adequately disposed of. By adhering to the standards set by the government and referenced by the BSIA in this paper; citizens, employees, and civil servants will be better protected.”
Campaign will start with an initial research piece, for organisations operating at public sector A new piece of research has been launched by the UK’s security industry trade body, aimed at assessing the buying behaviour of public sector organisations seeking secure data destruction services. Following a number of high-profile data breaches within NHS Trusts and local authorities, secure data destruction is now a top priority across the public sector. Organisations operating within the public sector have been particularly prone to poor data management, with many incurring fines of up to £500,000 from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a result. Research takes format of online survey With previous research highlighting a worrying lack of awareness regarding British Standards and legal obligations, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is launching a new campaign to educate those responsible for procuring information destruction services. Kicking off this campaign is an initial research piece, aimed at organisations operating within the public sector, to gauge their understanding of the various standards operating within the marketplace and to gain an overview of current procurement practices and specifications. Open to organisations of all types – predominantly including those within the healthcare, education and local authority sectors – the research takes the format of an online survey. Data breach costs private sector firms around £1.9m Adam Chandler, Chairman of the BSIA’s dedicated Information Destruction section, comments: “While it’s not just public sector organisations that are prone to data breaches – the average data breach costs private sector firms around £1.9m annually – the sensitive nature of the data held by public sector organisations can expose them to greater reputational and financial risk.” "The sensitive nature of the data held by public sector organisations can expose them to greater reputational and financial risk" “An overarching theme identified by the BSIA’s previous projects is a general lack of understanding when it comes to the standards that should be specified of a professional information destruction supplier. This often leads to organisations specifying unnecessarily stringent requirements with regards to factors such as shred size, transport and destruction processes.” As the leading authority on information destruction best practice, the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section is aiming to overcome this issue and further highlight the benefits of various standards – including EN15713 – by launching an educational campaign targeted at end-users within the public sector who are considering procuring information destruction services.
The seminar aims to bring together key players from across the industry as well as suppliers and stakeholders As the trade body representing the UK’s Information Destruction sector, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is holding a seminar and charity networking event, which aims to bring together key players from across the industry as well as suppliers and stakeholders. Planned to take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, located in Birmingham’s upmarket Brindleyplace, the event is planned for Thursday 4th December 2014 and will consist of a varied programme including educational and motivational presentations, networking opportunities and a charity auction. The programme includes: Presentations from headline sponsors focusing on technological innovations (Global Recycling & Vecoplan), tax, accounting & outsourcing (Cobia) and insurance (Waste Insure) within the information destruction sector A question and answer session with a panel of 4-5 representatives from within the sector to facilitate an engaging discussion of some of the key issues facing the industry A presentation from Steve Eckersley, Head of Enforcement at the Information Commissioners Office, on the short to medium-term outlook from that department on what they see as the key issues to be addressed. This session will also be followed by questions A one hour special keynote address by Olympic athlete and former javelin world record holder, Steve Backley. Steve translates his training and experience in the world of sport into the business arena in a witty, insightful and motivational way Following the formal presentations there will be an informal drinks reception, dinner and evening entertainment, culminating with an auction of donated prizes in aid of the charity Together for Short Lives, a leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. With costs remarkably low considering what is on offer on the day, we will be asking all companies attending to donate a prize suitable for the raffle or auction. Adam Chandler, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, comments: “As well as the sheer entertainment value, this is also a fantastic networking opportunity and the only UK event of its kind designed specifically for the information destruction sector. All industry practitioners are welcome, and I would encourage all information destruction companies to come along to share best practice, while celebrating the capability and professionalism within our sector.”