Site Security


The Forestry and Land Scotland eSales system uses digital certificates to encrypt all sensitive or personal information. This means that you as a viewer or bidder can be sure, and have the assurance, that you are doing business with Forestry and Land Scotland (not an impostor) and the information that you are sending cannot be intercepted or decrypted by anyone else.

Technically, digital certificates bind the identity of an organisation to a pair of electronic keys that can be used to encrypt and sign digital information. A digital ID makes it possible to verify someone else’s claim that they have the right to use a given key, helping to prevent people from using phony keys to impersonate other users. Used in conjunction with encryption, digital IDs provide a complete security solution assuring the identity of one or all parties involved in a transaction.

Digital certificates are issued by a trusted third party called a Certification Authority (CA) in this case VeriSign.

BiP Solutions Ltd is committed to the security of your data. To help protect you and your data we have put the following security measures in place:

  • State-of-the-art secure servers
  • Back end virus scanning software from Sophos
  • Latest Cisco firewalls that are regularly updated in line with industry best practice
  • Automatic intrusion detection and prevention systems
  • The use of SSL certificates to protect all data transmitted across the internet
  • Development processes that have been certified and audited to the internationally recognised ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 standards

In addition to the above, the Forestry and Land Scotland eSales system has itself been extensively tested and approved by an external registered security agency (Net Defence Ltd), which is a member of the TIGER accreditation scheme.

For further information on the security measures within Forestry and land Scotland eSales, please email


Scheduled Maintenance As part of our ongoing investment into our infrastructure to support service improvements, we will be completing the next phase of essential planned maintenance and downtime during the weekend commencing 20 March 2020. Your service will be offline during the period below:
Planned Start: Friday 20 March, 18:00 BST | Planned End: Monday 23 March, 06:00 BST
The downtime will enable a significant upgrade to your service, paving the way for higher performance levels and new features and functionality.

We will be working to ensure that the downtime experienced is minimal and apologise for any inconvenience which this may cause.