BSI 10008 – Another proof that integrity is the next big thing
The British Standards Institution (or BSI) has recently published the BSI 10008, a new standard that focuses on the evidential weight of electronic information. It establishes up a set of requirements organizations should follow in their data management procedures for ensuring… yes, you got it: the integrity of information.
The new standard’s name is quite self-explanatory: “Evidential weight and legal admissibility of electronic information. Specification”. As the BSI website states, “legal admissibility concerns whether or not a piece of evidence would be accepted by a court of law. To ensure the admissibility, information needs to be managed by a secure system throughout its lifetime (which can be for many years). Where doubt can be placed on the information, the evidential weight may well be reduced, potentially harming the legal case”. The BSI 10008 is aimed therefore to ensure that any piece of electronic information used in a Court of Law has the maximum evidential weight.
There are many interesting aspects here. First, it shows the need of clearly establishing guidelines and a common framework for how to deal with electronic data and digital evidence. And second -but no less important- it outlines how data integrity is a key aspect in information management.
We just bought a copy of the standard. We’ll read it and publish some thoughts… Stay tuned.