RISCAuthority and FPA GUIDANCE:  Security Guide S35 – Internet of Things – Connected Security Devices and Systems

The RISCAuthority have recently produced a guide, published by The Fire Protection Association, “Security Guide S35 – Internet of Things – Connected Security Devices and Systems” providing guidance that is primarily focused on protection of security devices and systems against attacks targeting fundamental design and operational/maintenance weaknesses. The recommendations provided highlight key factors for insurance professionals and security equipment users to consider for internet-connected security devices in domestic and small/medium commercial premises. 

The Internet of Things (IOT) refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are connected to the internet.  These objects are embedded with sensors and actuators that communicate with computing systems via wired or wireless networks. 

Whist these technologies have made the world a ‘smarter’ and more efficient place, internet-connected security devices present significant challenges around data privacy and vulnerabilities in software that can subsequently lead to unauthorised access allowing a third party to take control. 

The insurance risk management industries, like all sectors are continuously coming across new ‘smart’ security devices may offer more efficient and controllable options, it is essential that these systems meet suitable certifications and are appropriately designed and maintained to minimise the risks of cyber attack, hacking, and other forms of interference.   The guide is currently available as a Free Download on the FPA website and can be downloaded HERE

Secured by Design – Construction Site Security

Construction Site Security

Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative, have issued a new guide for Construction Site Security which provides advice on how to secure a site from the very start to the end of construction.

Once logged in, SBD’s press release is available HERE

AiS – Security Fogging Code of Practice

An introduction to the AiS Security Fogging Code of Practice

Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance
Security Fogging is a very effective weapon in the arsenal of crime reduction.  However this is only the case if the systems have been specified, designed, installed and serviced correctly.

The majority of installations fulfil this requirement, however there have been a small number of failures of the security fogging systems to operate as intended which was starting to effect consumer and insurer confidence that they would perform as required.

Being a big advocate of the systems we were able to arrange for a number of security fogging machine suppliers and manufacturers to get together and with the help of the Met Police, NPCC, NSI and others we were able develop what has become the AiS Code of Practice.

I would like to thank all of those who were involved for their time, patience and most of all professionalism in helping develop the Code of Practice which should hopefully help installers, specifiers but more importantly consumers understand what is required for an effective Security Fogging System.

An insight into the reasons behind the new code of practice was discussed at our April 2016 meeting.  This is available to view on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/DBd0sDnKZNY

This document is intended to supplement the provisions of BS EN50131-1, CLC/TS 50131-7 and EN 50131-8 as they apply to installations of Security Fogging Systems for use in ‘Hold-up – Building Occupied (EN50131-8: Appendix C, C.6).  A copy of the standard can be downloaded here.