The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), in partnership with Risk Crew, an IASME-accredited cyber essentials certification body, will host a webinar for NSI approved companies discussing the benefits of cyber essentials certification in this increasingly digitalised environment. The webinar will provide insight on topics such as the importance of cyber security in the security and fire safety sector, Cyber essentials versus cyber essentials plus and which is appropriate for the business, certification benefits and the top 5 challenges with related advice. It will finish with an interactive Q&A session. Information security governance Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive will be joined by speakers Emma Philpott, CEO of the IASME Consortium Ltd and Nick Roberts of Risk Crew, an information security governance, risk and compliance professional with 15+ years’ experience. The webinar follows on the heels of the announcement in February The webinar follows on the heels of the announcement in February this year of the partnership between NSI and Risk Crew, which was established to provide a straightforward pathway for NSI approved companies to gain cyber essentials certification. Cyber essentials, a government backed certification scheme independently awarded, provides evidence to customers, internal stakeholders, investors, insurers and others that essential cyber security precautions protecting a business from common online threats and customer data held, have been implemented. Cyber security measures Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive commented “With SME breaches of cyber security at an all-time high, it has never been more crucial for organisations to review and address their cyber security weaknesses.” “When you consider the possible ramifications of cyber attacks on a business, whether this be the subsequent downtime, cost and/or reputational damage, Cyber Essentials/Plus Certification offers organisations real insight and guidance in implementing cyber security measures.” Those NSI approved companies wishing to apply for cyber essentials/plus certification can find out more and enquire via NSI’s dedicated cyber essentials webpage.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is supporting this year’s UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which is part of a global awards scheme currently running in 12 countries recognising outstanding performance in their private security sectors. This year’s UK OSPAs awards show will be taking place ‘virtually’ on the afternoon of 25 February and NSI is delighted to be sponsoring the Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator category. NSI congratulates the 21 NSI approved companies and individuals shortlisted as finalists this year, who, between them have 51 nominations across multiple categories including Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding), Outstanding Event Security Team, and Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator. Celebrate outstanding performance Through a rigorous and transparent process, the OSPAs judges have recognised the finalists’ exceptional company and individual performance. Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive commented: “The UK OSPAs celebrate outstanding performance and achievements, and supporting these awards is important to NSI and our dedication to raising standards in the private security sector. We congratulate all the finalists and wish them every success at this year’s OSPAs and beyond.” Over 700 people have already booked their places’ to attend this year’s UK OSPAs virtually. There will be guest appearances from Paul Sinha (AKA ‘The Sinnerman’), Quiz master, presenter, and stand-up comedian, and Alan Dedicoat, best known as the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery programmes.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced a new partnership with Risk Crew, an IASME-accredited Cyber Essentials certification body, to deliver cyber security certification and associated benefits to NSI approved companies. The aim of the new partnership is to provide NSI approved companies with a straightforward pathway to Cyber Essentials certification, building increased reassurance for the wider communities they serve. Cyber Essentials/Plus certification Cyber Essentials/Plus certification is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations of all sizes protect themselves against a range of common online attacks. Certification is mandatory for Ministry of Defence contracts, many UK Central Civil Government contracts involving the handling of personal information and purveying of certain ICT (Information & Communications Technology) products and services, and is becoming increasingly desirable for private sector contracts. It will also be a requirement for ARCs signing up to the ECHO-connected service for police response alarm signalling currently undergoing testing, and due to be launched in 2021. Implementation of cyber security precautions NSI has been working with Risk Crew for its own Cyber Essentials Plus certification and penetration testing, since 2017 In addition to providing a clear statement of the basic controls that organisations should implement to reduce the risks from common online threats, Cyber Essentials certification is an independent awarded approval for organisations to demonstrate to their customers, internal stakeholders, investors, insurers and others that they have taken essential cyber security precautions to protect their business and any customer data they hold. NSI has been working with Risk Crew, a London-based risk and compliance management consultancy and Cyber Essentials/Plus certification body for its own Cyber Essentials Plus certification and penetration testing, since 2017. Having had the experience of gaining this certification through Risk Crew, NSI is confident in Risk Crew’s capability as a Cyber Essentials certification body that NSI approved companies may wish to engage. Enterprise security against cyber-attacks Richard Jenkins, NSI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said “In today’s increasingly interconnected world, all businesses, whether large or small, need a secure level of protection against cyber-attacks. Cyber Essentials/Plus certification reassures companies, and in turn their customers, that business processes and procedures have some level of protection.” Jenkins adds, “Maintaining Cyber Essentials Plus certification means we gain invaluable insights into the robustness of our own cyber security measures. This new partnership sign posts NSI approved companies to Risk Crew as a recognised approvals body in cyber security.” Protecting business systems and information assets Risk Crew’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director, Richard Hollis adds, “The certification framework provides an essential baseline for protecting business systems and sensitive information assets. The principles and criterion are based upon fundamental cyber security best practices that have been proven to reduce the threat of a breach. It’s simple and effective. It doesn’t get any better than that.” NSI approved companies interested in applying for Cyber Essentials/Plus certification can find out more and enquire through NSI’s dedicated Cyber Essentials webpage.
NSI (National Security Inspectorate), the UK’s most widely recognised UKAS accredited Certification Body in the security and fire safety sectors, announces the launch of a new upgraded website. The primary aim of the site’s new look is to simply steer homeowners and commercial buyers of security and fire safety services to relevant information and enable them to easily connect with NSI’s independently approved providers, for the services they seek. Alarm response services The site’s redesign provides a number of practical enhancements including full optimisation for mobile and tablet as well as desktop users, greater explanation of the reassurance independent certification through NSI provides, ‘at-a-glance’ menus showing the wide range of services provided by NSI approved companies and new ‘frequently asked questions’ sections to assist homeowners, commercial buyers and those seeking certification. The website features an upgraded user-friendly search functionality for those looking to ‘Find an NSI approved company’, with prominent links from almost every page. Its new Quick and Advanced Search options enable site visitors to drill down to a specific service e.g. Detector Activated CCTV, Keyholding and Alarm Response Services, Close Protection, Security Dog Handling Services and Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment. New search functionality Individual companies listed in the results of a search can also be saved as ‘favourites' This new search functionality enables NSI approved companies’ credentials to be verified by prospective buyers in just a few clicks, with added functionality including the ability to download search results of approved companies and share via social media. Individual companies listed in the results of a search can also be saved as ‘favourites’, using the star function, and accessed from the top of the Home page when the visitor revisits the site. For approved companies and those within the sector considering certification the new platform provides information on the certification process, in addition to NSI’s wide range of certification schemes and training courses on offer. Providing practical guidance NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins commented: “We are very pleased to launch this newly refreshed and responsive website which aims to provide practical guidance to those seeking trusted and competent security and fire safety providers for their homes or workplaces.” “With over 1800 independently NSI approved companies undergoing a rigorous audit programme every year, this new site is part of our wider commitment to raising standards within the sector helping to ensure those seeking security and fire safety services can easily source reputable companies in their local area.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) announces its accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer. NSI endorses the Living Wage Foundation’s principles recognising this independent movement of businesses, organisations and people campaigning on the simple ethic that ‘a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay’, an integral part of many organisations’ corporate social responsibility. Living Wage Foundation The Foundation celebrates responsible employers who choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage, the only one based on the cost of living and calculated on a basket of household goods and services, as distinct from the Statutory Minimum Wage for under-25s and the National Living Wage for over-25s. The real Living Wage offers a range of benefits to employees and employers alike and by implication to buyers of services. For employees, tangible advantages include higher esteem, self-confidence, health benefits and improved quality of life, whilst for employers they include increased motivation and retention rates. ‘Provision of Labour in the Security and Events Sector’ NSI’s accreditation is part of a wider strategy to raise standards of labour competency within the Security and Fire sectorsNSI’s accreditation is part of a wider strategy to raise standards of labour competency within the Security and Fire sectors, as evidenced by the Certification Body leading the way by recently launching its Code of Practice for the ‘Provision of Labour in the Security and Events Sector’. The new Code aims to reduce the risks associated with ‘weak links’ in supply chains of providers of security guarding services who may have the need to utilise additional outsourced labour. The Code’s requirements include measures relating to best practice in terms of employee terms and conditions, right to work checks, training, organisational structure, finances, record keeping, confidentiality and insurances. Living Wage Employer Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation commented, “We’re delighted that NSI, recognised within the Security and Fire sectors as an organisation committed to high standards and professionalism, has joined the movement of over 6500 responsible employers across the UK, which have accredited with the Foundation as a Living Wage Employer, publicly demonstrating its commitment to treating its own employees fairly.” She adds, “Paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer, NSI joins thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Oxfam, Chelsea FC, and many more." UK OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive said, “At the NSI-sponsored UK OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit held earlier this year, a representative from the Living Wage Foundation delivered a thought-provoking and compelling case for employers in the sector to understand the value to both employees and employers of gaining accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.” He adds, “NSI is committed to playing its part in increasing the sector’s broader understanding of the benefits this initiative delivers by being an accredited real Living Wage Employer. Many NSI approved companies are already accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, ensuring all their staff including Key Workers in the security sector benefit. We would urge all employers to consider stepping up to the Living Wage Foundation’s philosophy.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) proudly sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020 which took place on 1st July. The annual event, recognising individuals and companies within the private security sector for their talent and commitment in protecting people and property, saw a significant number of NSI approved companies celebrated amongst its winners. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), this year’s British Security Awards were streamed online for the first time in its history, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and featured special guests including Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority and Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyl, Chief Executive of the Security Institute. Nearly 200 representatives from across the sector watched the event ‘live’ on the BSIA’s YouTube channel. Front line key workers NSI congratulates all of the winners and finalists including those NSI approved companies Industry figureheads announced each award including Dame Cressida Dick, DBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service who praised the wider security industry and highlighted the invaluable contribution of front line key workers throughout the pandemic. NSI congratulates all of the winners and finalists including those NSI approved companies and their representatives who won the following ten categories: Best Newcomer: Harriet Giles, Mitie Service to the Customer: Thomas Ibbetson, G4S Outstanding Act: Adam Rich, Mitie Security Manager of the Year: Babatunde Lawal, G4S Best team: Templars Square Security Team, Westgrove Group Apprentice of the Year: Tessa Bruce, EFT Systems National Partnership: M&S Connected Solution, Mitie Business of the Year: STM Group SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring Best Use of Technology: B&Q Crime Centre, Mitie Security systems sector Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “NSI has been a long-standing supporter of apprenticeships within the security sector and was delighted to once again sponsor the Apprentice of the Year award. Our warm congratulations go to Tessa Bruce from EFT Systems in recognition of her drive for success and outstanding achievement in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition heats. We wish Tessa a long and successful career in the security systems sector." "Our congratulations extend to all of this year’s winners and finalists whose achievements and excellence were celebrated by the judges, including those NSI approved companies and representatives who came top in their categories. We pay tribute to the industry’s front line officers whose critical ‘key worker’ contribution was commended with a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award acknowledging the immense role they have carried out during COVID-19.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the resumption of all audit and assessment activity from 1st June 2020, in light of current Government “go to work if you are unable to work from home” guidance. Government guidance allows all employers to resume activity in the workplace where appropriate, including professional services that cannot be delivered remotely, such as NSI on-site audits. NSI will utilise a combination of remote audit and on-site audit capability in accordance with guidelines recently issued to approved companies. Remote audit may be utilised at NSI’s discretion for assessing ‘Management System’ requirements, whilst on-site audits will gather evidence of compliance to technical product standards. Health and safety NSI recognises all Government guidance regarding social distancing and health and safety during the pandemic, whilst delivering meaningful certification and approval, putting people first - including its staff, approved companies, and the public. All NSI approvals expiring between 1st March and 31st May 2020 were extended for a limited period unless evidence dictated otherwise. It is clear, approved companies are genuinely striving to maintain standards during the pandemic" Adjustments to audit programmes will be made on a case by case basis as NSI works proactively with approved companies to ensure audit programmes are fulfilled in a timely fashion. Evidence of non-compliances that are COVID-19 related will be reported in “Auditor Notes” without recourse to raising Improvement Needs and Observations. Security and fire safety NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins stated: “As the UK continues its easing of lockdown measures the Security and Fire Safety sector is adapting to operate COVID safe environments in line with Government guidance, focusing on the protection and safety of staff, customers and the wider public. As such approved companies will now be in a position to provide NSI with suitable and sufficient evidence to award and maintain approval, through a combination of remote and on-site audits. " "It is clear, approved companies are genuinely striving to maintain standards during the pandemic, which NSI will formally be recognising when audits are delivered.” ‘COVID-secure’ sites The following NSI Circular Letters have been issued to approved companies and are available via the Company Login Area of its website: NSI 020 20 regarding ‘COVID-secure’ sites (all approved companies and applicants). NSI 021 20 – NSI 023 20 with remote audit guidelines (scheme specific and relevant to Gold companies only). As a matter of course, all NSI staff are working remotely in line with Government guidance, NSI’s Head Office building remaining closed until further notice.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced suspension of all audit activity commencing 6th April until 31st May 2020 inclusive, in view of the global coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. All approved companies in the security and fire sector are working hard to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, prioritising the health and well-being of staff and taking necessary steps to support their customers and maintain business continuity. The professional industry is practising social distancing regulation to support customers and end users, and maintaining standards with best endeavours. NSI audit and assessment suspended NSI is suspending all audit and assessment activity from 6th April until at least 31st May 2020 inclusive It is clear some approved companies are under stress or extreme stress, adapting to their immediate situation, and the continuation of NSI audit and assessment activity as the pandemic unfolds is untenable. In order to best support industry and the approved company community, NSI is suspending all audit and assessment activity from 6th April until at least 31st May 2020 inclusive. This action is taken with the support of stakeholders who understand pursuing a ‘business as usual’ stance serves little purpose and may have adverse consequences in the current extreme circumstances. Steps to check COVID19 pandemic spread NSI said in a statement that any NSI approval due to expire before 31st May 2020 will be automatically extended for a limited period, unless evidence dictates otherwise. The statement further said that should individual companies seek audit / assessments in this period, they may contact NSI. NSI operations teams are being furloughed for the period 6th April – 31st May 2020. NSI will resume its activities when, in due course, Government restrictions are relaxed. Richard Jenkins Chief Executive Officer at NSI, commented, “The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly and NSI is taking appropriate measures in these extreme circumstances. NSI fully recognises that suspending routine scrutiny of approved businesses facing the challenges of the pandemic is wholly appropriate. We are standing by to resume all audit programmes as and when the current crisis stabilises.”
With recently introduced social distancing measures, Key Workers essential to the running of public and other services across the UK including the NHS and critical infrastructure, have been categorised by Government. The intent is to ensure health and safety for the public at large during the pandemic and efforts to control COVID-19. NSI’s view is clear: approved companies working in security and fire safety deliver every day essential services ranging from a wide variety of guarding services, to fire detection and intruder alarm systems, CCTV systems and the 24/7 remote monitoring of these systems in purpose built and secure Alarm Receiving Centers (ARCs). Alarm response centers Approved companies working in these specialisms go to great lengths to ensure the integrity of their service. It is NSI’s belief that essential staff in their businesses are Key Workers, providing critical maintenance and emergency call-outs to ensure effective security and safety cover. They understand exactly how to balance utilisation of Key Worker status with the demands of social distancing, and so support public safety and the emergency services. NSI considers Key Worker status is appropriate for specialist employees of companies approved by NSI and SSAIB" With regard to the Guarding sector Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority on 26 March expressed the view: “roles essential to supporting law and order, with the potential to reduce demand on policing, also meet the critical worker definition. This would include, amongst other areas, the guarding of empty or closed commercial, retail or office premises; the monitoring of similar through CCTV or other remote means; and the provision of alarm response centers including mobile units.” Maintain security and fire systems Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI comments: “NSI considers Key Worker status is wholly appropriate for specialist employees of companies approved by NSI and SSAIB, many of whom work directly or indirectly in collaboration with Police Forces and Fire and Rescue Services to maintain security and fire systems within public infrastructure, as well as a multitude of commercial and private property throughout the UK.
Key topics and challenges affecting the security systems and guarding sectors were addressed at this year’s NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Delegates from across the industry engaged with a lively, informative and thought provoking programme, organised by the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). A cross-section of security industry end users, service providers, sector organisations and regulatory bodies attended the third annual UK OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit, where an international line-up of speakers provided a variety of valuable insights. They included Inspector Angel Martinez Sendino from the Central Private Security Unit with Madrid Police, who described the pioneering strategy it has adopted to tackle false alarms and the resulting reductions achieved. Real Living Wage Inspector Sendino’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion about the Madrid experience and the lessons that might translate into the UK to beneficial effect. This round-table debate, involving David Mair from the Security Systems Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Ken Meanwell from Secured by Design, David Wilkinson from the BSIA, plus NSI’s Richard Jenkins, was chaired by Professor Martin Gill and prompted informed delegate feedback during a Q&A session. Meanwhile, the merits and implications of paying the Real Living Wage in the security sector were summarised by Sebastian Bachelier from the Living Wage Foundation. He explained how the voluntary Real Living Wage (as distinct from the statutory Minimum Wage for under-25s and the National Living Wage for over-25s) offers benefits to workers and employers alike, in addition to tangible economic contributions when implemented. Underrepresentation of women The SIA welcomed NSI’s forthcoming Code of Practice for the provision of labour in the security and events sector The Summit moved on to hear from Ian Todd, Chief Executive of the Security Industry Authority. His address covered areas including the Approved Contractor Scheme and concerns surrounding the role of labour providers operating outside the ACS’ remit. This involves issues including rogue labour, inadequate screening, poor training and illegal low pay, along with the SIA’s role as a regulator in managing these concerns. The SIA welcomed NSI’s forthcoming Code of Practice (NCP 119) for the provision of labour in the security and events sector. Douglas Barnett from AXA Insurance then provided an insurer’s insight into its experience of guarding contractor practices, drivers behind the race to the bottom and future opportunities. Concluding the event, Charlotte Howell from Perpetuity Research summarised some of the main findings from a recent survey of experiences from women working in physical security and key areas for future industry development, including the significant current underrepresentation of women in the security sector. Help propel the security sector “This Thought Leadership Summit is the first to have been sponsored by NSI and our involvement with this prestigious event was prompted by our drive for continual improvement amongst security providers,” comments NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins. “We welcome fresh perspectives that provoke constructive debate about how the industry could develop. The Thought Leadership Summit proved a driving force in moving the debate onwards in a positive and engaging way and covering a range of challenging topics. Recognising new technology, working practices and shared standards can help propel the security sector and raise its profile with buyers, people joining the industry, and in the wider community.”
As the UK’s premier specialist Certification Body within the security and fire safety sector, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the addition of a new BS 7858:2019 screening course to its portfolio of industry-specific training. This revised Standard for the Screening of Individuals Working in a Secure Environment involves a number of significant changes taking effect in April 2020. These include an increased emphasis on risk assessment, the removal of character references as part of the screening process – now deemed weak and not easy to verify – and greater emphasis on senior management responsibility for screening – with allowance to delegate specific screening tasks to competent individuals. Maintenance of Access Control Systems Designed by industry experts, NSI’s training courses help approved companies stay up to date and compliant with the very latest Standards developments within security and fire safety. NSI approved companies operating to BS 7858:2019 demonstrate on-going compliance to independent, competent auditing and assessment, signaling continued commitment to employment policy and practice of the highest standard, for the safety of their clients and the wider community. Accredited by the Security Institute’s CPD Scheme, NSI’s suite of specialist training courses includes “Product Auditing of Fire Systems Installations”, “Design, Installation and Maintenance of Access Control Systems” and “Internal Quality Auditing (Electronic Security)”. Recently, the most popular courses have been the PD 6662:2017, the Standard to which security alarms must be installed to qualify for police response, and NCP 104, NSI’s own Code of Practice for the Design, Installation and Maintenance of CCTV Systems. High level of interaction and engagement NSI E-learning courses are a popular choice for those who prefer increased flexibility to study at their own pace NSI runs dedicated on-site training for individual approved companies and groups of approved companies wherever there is demand. In 2019, courses took place at various locations including Bradford, Manchester and in Surrey. Delegates can also book classroom places on courses at NSI’s training suite in Maidenhead - where courses with a maximum of 12 delegates ensure a high level of interaction and engagement. NSI E-learning courses are a popular choice for those who prefer increased flexibility to study at their own pace and location. To date, NSI’s e-learning GDPR refresher course has attracted over 700 learners eager to keep up to date with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage data protection for their business. Latest industry standards and updates NSI Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins said: “Our training courses are specially tailored to meet the demands of approved companies and others who strive for continuous improvement and to stay abreast of the latest industry standards and updates. Our professional trainers, all NSI auditors, are uniquely placed, understanding as they do the needs of managers and technicians within the sector, to help companies develop their staff and deliver service to their customers compliant with standards trusted by the industry and the public.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) announces its endorsement of the new contract for the web. NSI, the UK’s independent third party certification body in the security and fire safety sectors, is one of the first organisations to support this initiative. The contract for the web provides a shared global plan to protect a free and open web that works for the public good. Written by over 80 experts with input from hundreds of individuals, the contract recognises that everyone has a role to play in safeguarding the future of the web. This fact is articulated in the contract’s nine principles. Ever-increasing quality of service The principles for companies include working towards an ever-increasing quality of service, supporting corporate accountability and robust privacy and data protection by design, and being accountable for their work, through regular reports. These principles align with NSI’s key values of integrity, independence and continuous improvement. Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive of the NSI, comments, “The web is fundamental to everyday life across the entire planet. By endorsing the contract we are committing to managing our on-line presence within a robust frame work for governance, in our work of promoting the value of third party certification to buyers and specifiers of services, facilitating the auditing process and explaining the benefits working with NSI approved companies to the wider public.”
NSI has announced it will be exhibiting for the first time at CONSEC, taking place on 3rd October 2019 at the Radisson Edwardian Heathrow, where the NSI team will be spotlighting its Associate Consultancy Programme (ACP) – an independent referral listing. CONSEC is the Association of Security Consultant’s (ASC) annual event for security consultants and the broad spectrum of people responsible for organisational security and safety. The NSI Associate Consultancy Programme enables Consultants to utilise the NSI ACP logo once successfully completing their application for membership of the program, and signals to organisations seeking consultancy the professionalism of the Consultancy. NSI conducts, due diligence on each consultancy prior to its acceptance onto the program and thereafter annually. “For any business in the sector considering an external consultancy service, the Associate Consultancy Programme is a good starting point with participating consultancies covering a wide range of security and fire safety related services.” said Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI.
National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s third party certification body for the security and fire safety sectors, was a proud sponsor of the 2019 Women in Security Awards which took place on 12 September, recognising the significant contribution and achievements of women within the wider world of security. Organised by Professional Security Magazine and Patron, Una Riley, almost 250 security professionals gathered aboard the Dixie Queen riverboat on the River Thames to celebrate and honour the 15 finalists. Una, the first woman to own an NSI approved electronic security company, founded the Awards to raise the profile of women working in what is, a traditionally male dominated sector. This prestigious black tie evening is now firmly established in the industry calendar, attracting sponsorship from thirteen industry organisations. NSI would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists selected from over 200 nominations by the pre-eminent judging panel. This year representatives from NSI approved/assessed companies featured as finalists in three of the five award categories: Security Manager: Janet Owens, Intu Uxbridge Frontline: Sara Stephenson – Sodexo (Winner) Wendy Tomlinson – CIS Security Samantha Askew – Sodexo Technical: Carly Taylor – Sodexo Contribution to Industry: Amanda McCloskey – CIS Security (Winner) Auditors from guarding services Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “We were delighted to once again sponsor the Women in Security Awards, an event we have been closely involved with for a number of years. It was great to see so many members of the security industry gather to celebrate and honour the success of the Award winners and finalists who play such a vital role within our sector and communities. "This year NSI was pleased to support the event with a complement of attendees from our own team of women in security, including auditors from within guarding services and security systems. Our warmest congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists - we wish them continued success in their careers.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s global independent certification body specialising in the security and fire safety sector, is delighted to announce it has been granted accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for BS EN ISO 45001:2018 - the world’s first International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), replacing the British Standard OHSAS 18001. Workplace health and safety Health and safety in the workplace are of paramount importance. In providing a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, ISO 45001 enables an organisation to proactively manage its OH&S performance. The good news for organisations holding management systems approvals such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management), is that the new ISO 45001 Standard is structured in the same way. This means it can be readily integrated into any organisation’s existing management system. NSI’s audit regime is designed in a similarly integrated way so NSI approved companies benefit from streamlined audit programmes by qualified auditors, saving them time and cost. NSI Gold approved companies Health and safety in the workplace is a fundamental responsibility for all organisations" NSI Gold approved companies, who are required by NSI to operate an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, may now choose to maximise the advantage of their NSI approval by integrating ISO 45001 into their management system, bringing benefits to their employees, clients and their business as a whole. Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “Health and safety in the workplace is a fundamental responsibility for all organisations. NSI welcomes this new Standard which makes it easier for organisations to integrate Health and Safety into their quality management system, assure themselves they manage their responsibilities effectively, and clearly demonstrate to stakeholders and clients their credentials as a responsible partner and employer. NSI accredited by UKAS Richard further adds, “NSI’s accreditation by UKAS for this new Standard enhances its management system certification portfolio, and ‘one-stop shop’ capability for NSI Gold approved companies. Aligned with this, our commitment to training and CPD of our audit team means multi-skilled capability ensures seamless integrated audits for NSI approved organisations, and sound guidance for companies seeking approval to any scheme for the first time.” NSI approved companies who previously adopted OHSAS 18001 have until 11 March 2021 to transition to the new Standard.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s independent certification body specialising in the security and fire safety sectors, shared in the success of this year’s IFSEC and FIREX exhibitions as the integrated events proved important forums for approved companies and applicants, as well as key industry stakeholders, to engage face-to-face with NSI experts. The three-day events provided a vital opportunity to raise awareness of the valuable role of independent certification in enhancing the performance and operational effectiveness across the sectors. NSI’s continued support for the Show Me How feature was evident with a series of sessions on the NSI stand. The topics included updates on PD 6662 for the installation of alarm systems, the new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems scheme (SP206), NSI’s CCTV Code of Practice NCP104 and the latest modifications to the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme workbook. Importance of using trained risk assessors NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the final day in the Keynote ArenaNSI’s Head of Field Operations (Systems), John Davidson spoke at FIREX to a packed theatre on the importance of using competent, trained risk assessors to complete life safety fire risk assessments. Once again, NSI auditors judged the work of teams competing in the Engineers of Tomorrow Competition, a key attraction within IFSEC International. This year the competition not only showcased the skills and talent of apprentices, but laid the foundations for becoming a part of the highly respected World Skills competition. NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the final day in the Keynote Arena. The heat winners on day three were Matt Eminson and Ryan Harker from Chubb (Intruder Alarm competition) and Callum Tootle and Chris Lomax from EFT Systems (Fire competition). Coming together to enhance public security Independent certification is recognised as an important framework for continual improvement for businesses" Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “Once again IFSEC and FIREX exemplified the benefits of industry coming together to enhance public security. Our stand welcomed a considerable number of enquiries from companies interested in engaging with NSI’s highly trained team of experts. “Independent certification is recognised as an important framework for continual improvement for businesses; one we are pleased to spearhead within the security and fire safety sectors. We employ the most highly trained professionals who help to drive up the performance of businesses of all sizes as part of the assessment for approval. “It was inspiring to see so many NSI approved companies attend this year’s event and we were proud to play our part in helping to shine a spotlight on new talent within the sector. It was also a pleasure to welcome so many invited guests to our VIP drinks reception celebrating our collective commitment to raising standards.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced its annual Summit will take place this year on 21st March 2019 at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham. Strengthening partnerships In its sixth year, this highly popular, informative and free to attend one day event offers an opportunity for approved companies to gain insights on industry developments, products, technology and business from recognised experts and security industry leaders. It’s a quick and convenient way to obtain practical, tangible ideas and hear expert perspectives on the latest best practice standards from industry specialists and NSI’s technical experts.Building on its theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’, the Summit continues to shine a spotlight on the high value of private security and fire safety companies Building on its theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’, the Summit continues to grow from strength to strength shining a spotlight on the high value and caliber of private security and fire safety companies within the sector working with clients, Police, the fire service, insurers and industry stakeholders in protecting people and premises, and improving public safety. Special speaker programme This year delegates will benefit from a specially curated speaker programme comprising three dedicated streams of topical sessions on Security Services, Fire Safety and Electronic Security. Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive commented: “This year’s Summit will play host to a vibrant exhibitor community and there is plenty of new insight and learning to be gleaned in our industry leading education programme. We look forward to welcoming the UK’s security and fire safety professionals to what will be a richly rewarding, not-to-be-missed day for every approved company committed to developing their security offering, raising standards and striving for excellence in today’s diverse and fast-changing market place.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s premier independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Ron Panter as security and fire systems auditor, and lead auditor for ISO 9001, based in Surrey and London. Ron started his career in auditing with the London Electricity Board where he held a variety of customer service and quality management roles. He subsequently spent over 20 years as a quality manager for a NACOSS Gold and ARC approved company where he was responsible for facilitating the NSI audit process. “The knowledge and experience Ron brings with him further increases our auditing capability to deliver combined fire safety and security audits, in turn benefitting our approved companies and the industry at large as we continue to work with partners across the sector to raise standards,” said NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s renowned independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, announces the appointment of Robert Conlon as Head of Standards. This newly-created position demonstrates NSI’s commitment to continually enhancing its technical know-how and expertise within the industry in which its approved companies operate to recognised British and International standards. In his new role, Conlon will oversee NSI’s own Codes of Practice, interpreting documents for the practical implementation of management, security and fire safety standards in addition to identifying new approval schemes aligned to the trends and technologies being adopted by the security and fire safety market. I am very much looking forward to applying my knowledge of quality improvement and auditing for the benefit of the wider security sector" Security and fire safety market expert Conlon joins NSI from the healthcare sector where he has held senior quality improvement and management roles, as well as undertaking compliance auditing. He brings over 30 years’ experience in applying and managing quality management and security services systems, schemes and standards. On his appointment Conlon said: “Having been involved with quality improvement and auditing throughout my career I am very much looking forward to applying my knowledge for the benefit of the wider security sector which is experiencing significant changes.” CCTV and remote home monitoring NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins commented: “Robert joins NSI 20 years to the month that NSI gained its independence. It’s a key time for the industry, with heightened awareness of the significance of life safety risk assessments, the integration of new technologies in remote monitoring of home security systems, the ever-widening use of CCTV, the impact of GDPR, the SIA’s review of its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) and close cooperation with the police, all serve to demonstrate the importance of the highest standards of service and technical competence.” “The changing focus of quality management standards to risk-based thinking increases the opportunity for companies to become Gold approved using NSI’s unique tools to apply standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to the security and fire safety market.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) publishes findings of new industry research undertaken by Perpetuity Research into the benefits and challenges of automating confirmed alarm signalling from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) to police control rooms. The independent research - conducted via an online survey and extensive one-to-one interviews with a wide range of industry professionals including representatives from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) - assesses the advantages and disadvantages of automating signalling over and above current practice, the potential impact on ARCs, the police, owners of alarmed property/premises and other interested stakeholder groups, as well as the potential for further future enhancement as technology evolves. ECHO aims to improve standards and effectiveness in the deployment of police responders, through reducing time and improving accuracy in the handling of alarm signals Automated electronic call handling service The report findings reflect industry and stakeholder views at a time when ECHO – for ECHO read ‘Electronic Call Handling Operations Ltd’ - is developing the concept behind its strategy to deliver by 2020 a fully automated electronic call handling service, between all ARCS and police forces, in line with NPCC aims. ECHO, recently formed by the British Security Industry Association, the Fire Industry Association and the Fire and Security Association as an independent not-for–profit company limited by guarantee, aims to improve standards and effectiveness in the deployment of police responders, through reducing time and improving accuracy in the handling of alarm signals. This Perpetuity Research study identifies a number of areas to be addressed in further automation of alarm signalling. These include the technical challenges and the funding mechanism to put such a service onto a sustainable footing. Findings and recommendations by research report In addition, the research highlights the value of raising awareness of the ECHO initiative across industry, full consultation with all parties in the design and development of an automated service to ensure the solution accommodates the diversity in police IT networks, and future proofing. One of the significant findings of the research is the extent to which the current lack of awareness about aspirations to automate alarm signalling by the police is hindering industry’s ability to effectively develop its response. Looking ahead the report recommendations set out a series of steps which might further inform and strengthen industry’s approach, including: raising awareness of the ECHO ‘project’ assessing of police capability nationally to implement automation considering future possible enhancements to the content of alarm signal transmission e.g. CCTV streaming, and signalling applications over and above intruder alarm signalling. Our hope is that this report will be a useful reference point in the debate about how best to introduce new technologies and ways of working to deliver more effective security for people and property" Providing better public security At IFSEC International on Wednesday 20th June at 14.20 in the Future of Security Theatre NSI’s Head of Technical Services, Tony Weeks, will be exploring some of the key research findings as part of a presentation entitled ‘Automating the Transfer of Alarms to Emergency Services: Maximising Public Benefits’ - register now to attend. NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins commented: “Thanks are due to all those within the industry who have participated in this important research and to Martin Gill and his team at Perpetuity Research for gathering and consolidating the findings. Our hope is that this report will be a useful reference point in the debate about how best to introduce new technologies and ways of working to deliver more effective security for people and property in our communities. “This is ultimately what the ECHO initiative aspires to. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the systems security industry and the police to bring a step change in how we work together. The contributors to this research have highlighted the challenge and opportunity of raising standards of security through closer collaboration.”