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New cyber security code of practice for installers unveiled by BSIA

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) cybersecurity group has released a new code of practice for installers responsible for safety and security systems.

Installation of safety and security systems – cybersecurity code of practice, developed by the BSIA’s Cybersecurity Product Assurance Group (CySPAG), will assist in providing confidence throughout the supply chain promoting secure connection of products and services and delivering client assurance regarding connected solutions.  The code of practice will assist the supply chain in its duty of care to other network users, particularly with respect to protecting the integrity of existing cyber security countermeasures already in place, or the implementation of such countermeasures in new solutions.

Steve Lampett, Technical Manager, BSIA, said: “We have long been concerned with the ever-increasing use of internet connected devices and systems in electronic security and how the growing links to home and business networks can leave individuals and companies vulnerable to cyber- attacks.

“It is also significantly important to acknowledge that there is a combined stakeholder effort in providing a cyber secure solution, i.e. manufacturers, designers and installers working in collaboration to provide a credible cyber secure solution.

“Our new code of practice for installers takes a practical approach to address cyber security risks, takes the sector forward in terms of managing that risk and has the potential to become a real game changer for the industry. This will not be the end goal but should steer industry practitioners into thinking differently about how we utilise new technology in security and equip the professional security industry for the future.”

Glenn Foot, Chairman, CySPAG, said: “Unlike many cyber security schemes where the product is the main focus, CySPAG has taken a much broader view of and recognised that not only manufacturers of products, but the installer and client are key links to a cyber secure system. This code of practice is an industry first and leads the way in ensuring professionals with the security industry are taking all reasonable precautions when installing security equipment that has a cyber exposure.

“CySPAG has strong representation from various roles across the industry and has focused on what is practicable for installers to do and what can be expected of clients. The code of practice is the first step in a journey for this industry, and CySPAG is committed to continue to support the industry with firstly comprehensive training modules for installation companies and also a linked code of practice for manufacturers.

“The overall aim is to ensure products are produced and installed securely.”

The recommendations of this code of practice apply in addition to other standards and codes of practice relating to systems and equipment to be installed. Any documentation or checklists mentioned in this code of practice may be combined with those required by the other standards or codes of practice, applying to safety and security systems and their components, but can be applied to other devices and systems.

The BSIA will also be holding a BSIA Broadcast, Cyber-attacks – reducing the risk on installations on 18 August, which will provide a forum for the industry to ask questions on the code of practice. You can register here.

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