How standards can help you to secure your IT hardware

British Standards contain the combined knowledge of experienced UK subject experts often working together with their international colleagues in an open, consensus-based process.

You can read a description of these standards and some other relevant publications that are available from BSI or other organizations below:

Standard number/name Description/Benefits Published by
BS ISO/IEC 27002 Code of practice for information security controls BS ISO/IEC 27002 has sections on both secure areas and securing equipment. BSI
SP 800-53r4 Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations This Special Publication lists many controls for physical protection. US National Institute of Standards and Technology
LPS 1175 Requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB approval and listing of intruder resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free standing barriers The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), part of BRE Global (formerly the Building Research Establishment), has developed a series of physical security standards of which LPS 1175 is the most relevant and widely used. Products compliant with LPS 1175 are listed in the LPCB’s ‘Red Book’. The Loss Prevention Certification Board
PAS 24 Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK. External doorsets and windows intended to offer a level of security suitable for dwellings and other buildings exposed to comparable risk Specific standards cover various aspects of building security,  for example, PAS 24 for window and door security. You may also come across BS 7950, a standard for window security, now superseded by PAS 24, but still frequently referenced.


BS 3621:2007 Thief resistant lock assembly. Key egress Specific standards cover various aspects of building security, for example, BS 3621 for lock security BSI