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BSIA releases Public Sector Guide on Information Destruction

April 3, 2019

The BSIA’s Information Destruction section is pleased to announce the publication of a white paper to guide public sector organisations on the effective procurement of information destruction services.

The aim of the paper is to enable public sector organisations to use it as a guide, and if they are hoping to benchmark against a particular sector to follow through with all of the correct procedures in the destruction of confidential materials.The guide references previously published guidance documents from the Cabinet Office and the Centre of the Protection of National Insurance (CPNI) to promote the specifications for the high level of importance of secure data destruction.

The guide, which is named “Information Destruction in the Public Sector”, indicates which sensitive information should be destroyed and defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that should be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Chairman of the Information Destruction section of the BSIA, Adam Chandler, says “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.”

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