Information destruction guide published by BSIA

Date: 2015-08-05

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and its Information Destruction section have recently announced the publication of a white paper entitled “Information Destruction in the Public Sector”

The guide has been designed 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. It specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed and defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that should be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

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 and 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.

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.” 

The full guide can be downloaded from the BSIA here.