BSIA launch new registration scheme

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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has launched a security equipment manufacturer’s cybersecurity registration scheme through its special interest group, the Cybersecurity Product Assurance Group (CySPAG).

The new self-declaration registration scheme is based on the requirements of BSIA Form 343 Manufacturers of safety and security systems cybersecurity code of practice. Its aim is to provide a level of confidence to the supply chain – including end users – that product procured for use in safety and security systems have been produced by CySPAG registered manufacturers who have processes in place to manufacture, supply products using cyber risk mitigation techniques and provide ongoing support throughout the product lifecycle.

To support the scheme, the BSIA has created a CySPAG registration website, which allows companies to self-declare that their product(s) are produced using the process described in the BSIA’s Manufacturers of safety and security systems cybersecurity code of practice. Once accepted, the company will receive a certificate and can use a CySPAG badge of assurance on their products.  The self-declaration will be valid for 12 months from the date of acceptance to the scheme, at which point the self-declaration must be renewed for ongoing registration.

The scheme is open to both members of the BSIA and also non-members, with registration fees based upon the company’s status. Over the coming months the BSIA is planning to launch a scheme for installers.

Glenn Foot, Chairman of CySPAG and Product Manager, Eaton, said: We are delighted that CySPAG has launched this new scheme.

“It is important that the industry takes responsibility for itself rather than being dictated to by other organisations.”

Steve Lampett, Technical Manager, BSIA, said: “This scheme should provide confidence throughout the supply chain that cyber security has been addressed at a product level and if installed correctly will remain secure for the life of the product.”

The BSIA 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 cyberattacks.

In response to this, the BSIA have formed the Cyber Security Product Assurance Group (CySPAG); the group is made up of member companies and other stakeholders from a range of industry sub-sectors and subject matter experts who are focused on reducing the risk of product related cybercrime.

CySPAG met for the first time in 2017 to define its objectives and lay the groundwork for future projects aiming to provide the professional electronic security industry with the tools and materials that enable security companies to manage the cybersecurity impact of their products and systems.

This interest group is well attended and actively engaged in developing standards, guidance and education to support product manufacturers, specifiers and installers with managing their cybersecurity risks.

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