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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.
May 1, 2019


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Latest NSI CCTV Code of Practice comes into effect

NSI technical manager Matthew Holliday discusses the code at the NSI Summit 2019

The latest edition of the National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) CCTV Code of Practice for the design, installation and maintenance of CCTV surveillance systems is effective as of today.

NCP 104 Issue 3 supersedes the previous issue, and applies to all new installations from 1 May 2019.

The new edition now prescribes that NSI-approved installers should comprehensively assess security risks and requirements when designing CCTV systems and ensure they are fit for purpose, sustainable, functional and effective. This applies equally regardless of the size of an installation.

NSI codes of practice for installers incorporate all relevant requirements of British and European standards plus industry best practice for specific services – updating them periodically as requirements and technologies evolve.

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 customer maintenance requirements

“NCP 104 Issue 3 is specifically designed to assure customers their requirements are met securely by NSI-approved installers supplying CCTV systems,” said NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins. “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.”

NSI-approved companies can access a presentation explaining  changes to the code, delivered at at the recent NSI Summit 2019 by NSI technical manager Matthew Holliday, in the Company Login area of the NSI website.

The NSI is a UKAS-accredited certification body.

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