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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
January 15, 2018


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NSI adds cybersecurity advice to updated CCTV code of practice

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has updated its CCTV code of practice.

Providing guidance on best practice for the design, installation and maintenance of surveillance systems, NCP 104 Issue 3 incorporates guidance on protecting systems from cyber risks, and emphasises to end users the value of comprehensively assessing security risks and requirements.

The NSI says that systems designed, installed and maintained in compliance with the new code of practice will benefit from:

  • Security needs being fully assessed, documented and agreed prior to any design work
  • System design addressing agreed security needs, useability and operating requirements including network/cyber security
  • Thorough validation and testing of the CCTV system
  • Appropriate user training
  • Fully documented maintenance requirements

Installer recommendations

Installers are offered detailed advice on attaining optimal sustainability, functionality and effectiveness when designing and installing systems.

The code has been updated to align with BS EN 62676-4:2015, (application guidelines for use of video surveillance systems in security applications), but simplifies system development and testing, by omitting requirements regarding system grading and certain image testing requirements.

And it introduces requirements for design areas that are not covered by BS EN 62676-4 – such as cybersecurity, detectors, video analysis, audio and cabling – and to reflect current technologies and terminology.

The code is independent of BS 8418, which remains relevant to the installation of remotely monitored detector-activated CCTV systems.

“Customers can rely on installers working with the new Issue 3 of the NSI Code to fully document and understand their requirements, so that CCTV system design is fit for purpose,” said NSI Head of Technical Services Tony Weeks. “The ‘scale-ability’ of the Code means it can help deliver best practice from the smallest to the most complex of installations.”

The new edition supersedes NCP 104 Issue 2, which will be withdrawn from use on 30 April 2019. Customers seeking the compliance with the new Code prior to this date should check with their NSI approved installer.


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