National Security Inspectorate (NSI) CEO, Richard Fogelman looks ahead to 2024
As we begin 2024, the security sector is braced for a dynamic interplay of challenges and opportunities with key frameworks – NSI, the City of London Crime Prevention Association’s Building Security Assessment Scheme and Martyn’s Law – all poised to help navigate this evolving landscape.
In the face of an ever-shifting threat landscape as security professionals and buyers encounter the challenge of staying ahead of emerging risks, NSI certification with its commitment to professionalism and excellence serves as a cornerstone, aligning practices with established standards.
Our new partnership with the City of London Crime Prevention Association’s Building Security Assessment Scheme anticipates challenges related to the protection of multi-occupied buildings. Setting a robust benchmark, the scheme not only addresses vulnerabilities but also provides opportunities for businesses to strengthen their security measures. Its emphasis on adherence to robust security principles reflects a collective dedication to creating safer environments for all.
With Martyn’s Law, the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, set for parliamentary introduction following its inclusion in the King’s Speech, reassuringly, third party certification infrastructure already in place has the potential to be tailored to this new legislation should it be called upon. This showcases the sector’s strength in proactively addressing security measures and ensuring that public spaces embody the resilience needed to withstand potential threats. NSI-certified security companies already play a central role in helping buyers to discharge their legal responsibilities, including those related to health and safety, employment law and other requirements e.g. related insurance stipulations.
NSI’s Guarding Gold approval scheme, for instance, is one to which many of the leading providers of private security services in the UK have committed.
In this dynamic landscape, the sector’s commitment to standards, codes of practice and collaboration, together with the Building Security Assessment Scheme and Martyn’s Law, can serve as catalysts for a secure future.