CCTV Code of Practice for surveillance systems updated by National Security Inspectorate

The latest edition of the National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) CCTV Code of Practice for the design, installation and maintenance of CCTV surveillance systems, NCP 104 Issue 3, supersedes the previous issue and applies to all new installations from 1 May 2019.

The NSI’s recent Summit provided the UKAS-accredited certification body’s recently-appointed technical manager, Matthew Holliday, with a timely opportunity to remind NSI installers about the full extent of the changes within the updated Code of Practice.

Under the new edition of the NSI Code, end user customers can rely on NSI-approved installers to thoroughly assess security risks and requirements when developing CCTV system design and to ensure that installed systems are fit for purpose, sustainable, functional and effective. In particular, the Code’s ‘scale-ability’ means that it can be applied equally to both the smallest and the most complex of installations.

The NSI develops Codes of Practice for installers incorporating all of the relevant requirements of British and European Standards along with industry Best Practice for specific services, giving reassurance to customers that their systems are designed, installed and maintained in compliance with the very latest thinking.

The new edition requires installers to:

*fully assess security needs, adequately documenting and agreeing them prior to design work

*develop system design addressing agreed security needs, usability and operating requirements including network (cyber) security

*complete validation and testing of the CCTV system

*provide relevant user training

*fully document maintenance requirements for the end customer

NSI CEO Richard Jenkins commented: “NCP 104 Issue 3 is specifically designed to assure customers their requirements are met securely by NSI-approved installers supplying CCTV systems. It provides guidance regarding Best Practice on how to capture and fully document requirements appropriately and proportionately when designing, installing and maintaining CCTV surveillance systems driven by specific user needs and recognising the nature of the environment in which each system will operate.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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