NSI Endorses Inaugural Surveillance Camera Day: 20th June 2019

Organised by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) in conjunction with the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP), Surveillance Camera Day, is a national event to raise awareness and inspire debate about the use of surveillance cameras in modern society.   Whether you install cameras, operate them, use them, manufacture them or are captured by them, this new initiative welcomes every perspective.

NSI’s longstanding and close working relationship with the Commissioner, having been appointed at the scheme launch in 2015 to provide a third party certification service, enables those operating public space camera surveillance to verify and provide evidence of their compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. The Code of Practice aims to balance the need for cameras in public places with individuals’ rights to privacy – to keep communities safe and secure.

Since then, NSI has helped to develop the SCC Buyers’ Toolkit and promoted the SCC Code of Practice across the industry, attending SCC roadshows and speaking about its benefits at IFSEC and the NSI Summit.

A key part of the Day is the Doors Open initiative encouraging video surveillance camera control rooms to open their doors to members of the public and publish information about how and why they use surveillance cameras. The initiative is designed to give people access to the control rooms so they can see and learn first-hand how they are run to keep communities safe and secure whilst not intruding on their privacy.

Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI said: “NSI is proud to be an approved Certification Body appointed by the SCC. We whole-heartedly welcome this new initiative emphasising the benefits of SCC Code of Practice certification and the wider message it represents about the value of independent auditing. This Code complements NSI’s own Code of Practice for the Design, Installation and Commissioning of CCTV Surveillance Systems, NCP 104, which our NSI NACOSS Gold and Systems Silver approved companies apply to all their CCTV systems.”

“I urge all those with an interest in surveillance cameras to get involved and join the debate in what is another bold step by the Commissioner to increase understanding of good governance for public space surveillance. Such initiatives synergise with our commitment to raising standards within the security sector, in partnership with our stakeholders.

On Surveillance Camera Day, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter will deliver a keynote address on ‘Secure by Default’, new minimum requirements for manufacturers of Video Surveillance Systems (VSSs) ensuring the default configuration settings of a product are the most secure settings possible, at the IFSEC International 2019 Keynote Arena. He will then join a panel debate on the same topic.

These new requirements are designed to ensure that when VSSs are manufactured they are built to a minimum cyber security standard, and are therefore “secure by default”.

REGISTER NOW to attend IFSEC International taking place on 18-20th June at ExCeL London. The NSI team looks forward to welcoming you to IFSEC and discussing your SCC certification needs on Stand IF2940.

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