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Zaun uplifts Security Ratings range to accommodate latest BRE certifications

by Brian Sims

High security perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun has uplifted all of its Security Ratings (SR) range to the latest certifications from the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The BRE has revised its Security Ratings to the Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 1175 as certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) and listed in its ever-popular Red Book (www.redbooklive.com).

The latest revision of LPS 1175 (to Issue 8.0) sets out the requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB certification and details intruder-resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free-standing barriers following extensive consultation with stakeholders.

Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley told Risk Xtra: “It’s really important to keep up-to-date on any new standards as they reflect developments in the techniques being used by terrorists and other criminals. In addition, a number of major tenders emerging this year will insist upon Issue 8 certifications.”

Zaun received its new certifications from the BRE at the recent International Security Expo, where its products were submitted to live attacks by testers in the LPCB Live Test Lab and Zone.

Issue 8.0 has adapted the previous single-digit performance classifications (ie Security Rating 1 to Security Rating 8) to one formed of two elements that classify performance in terms of:

*Threat level (first element): Letter (A to H) corresponding with the toolkit used to evaluate the given product’s intruder resistance and the number of attackers involved

*Delay (second element): Numeric value (1, 3, 5, 10, 15 or 20) corresponding with the minimum delay in minutes provided by the product when placed in a locked condition

Layered approach

The LPCB states that, although the new two-part classifications cover 48 combinations of threat and delay, it’s considered unlikely that most specifiers, end users and regulators will require individual products to achieve Security Ratings contained within the black boxes.

Instead, they’re more likely to achieve an extended delay by deploying a series of products in a layered approach. This is a strategy that’s supported by the classification system introduced within this standard.

For example, it’s considered that a ten-minute delay against a Level F threat is more likely to be achieved by deploying two layers formed of products that achieve an F5 Security Rating instead of a single layer formed of products that achieve an F10 Security Rating.

Plimley observed: “I really like this layered approach towards time delays as it better reflects realistic solutions to the real life threats Critical National Infrastructure now faces. It’s also consistent with the ‘onion skin’ principle of successive rings of security the closer an intruder is to the most sensitive assets of a given business.”

Issue 8.0 products approved by the LPCB are rigorously tested for resistance to deliberate attack and play an important role in protecting people and property against physical attack, burglary, vandalism and terrorism.

To maintain their accreditation, manufacturers must regularly demonstrate to independent auditors that they’re producing products consistent with those that have been tested. Crucially, this affords the customer base the guarantee that they’re receiving a secure and quality product.

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