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Security Standards

Helping Hiring Firms to Meet Stringent Industry Standards.

We understand the importance of meeting certain compliance standards for particular industries, and we provide tailored screening solutions to support these obligations. Below is a list of just some of the security standards which we help our clients meet on a daily basis.

HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard

The BPSS was created to help mitigate the risk of identity fraud, reduce the number of illegal workers, and to protect national security. The BPSS outlines the pre-employment background checks that all civil servants, members of the armed forces, temporary staff and government contractors must undergo before they are granted access to government assets.

Sterling’s HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard employment screening package is in accordance with the recommended checks, and includes the following:

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

PCI DSS is a set of 12 requirements that companies handling credit card information must follow. It was developed to ensure customers’ payment data is secure and protected and is enforced through annual audits. All organisations that hold, process, or exchange cardholder information from the following brands must comply with the standard: American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard, and Visa. Organisations that choose not to comply face a range of penalties, including large fines. Among the PCI DSS requirements are recommendations for screening individuals who have access to customer payment data. The following background checks are recommended:

British Standard 7858:2019

The orientation of the standard centres around companies that hire individuals working within secure environments. The former BS7858:2012 was withdrawn on the 31st March 2020 and superseded by an updated version which was introduced on the 30th September 2019. BS7858 has undergone multiple revisions over the years by the British Standards Institution, and is widely used as it provides a comprehensive and robust benchmark organisations can mirror.

A package that is fully compliant (for non-security roles) with the BS7858 standard may consist of:

In addition, the following options can be included within a package:

A detailed insight into BS7858 can be found here.

Background Check Compliance: The Mistakes You Could be Making Without Realising

Conducting background checks on candidates is a must-have for employers wanting to meet regulatory obligations or mitigate the cost, safety and reputational risk of a bad hire. But there are vital compliance considerations which must be adhered to along the way. In this session Steve Smith will reflect on unique Sterling research and explore the typical pitfalls which hiring firms must avoid. Learn from real-life errors made by other employers and get practical guidance on how you can develop a robust background screening programme.

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