MI5 Release Security Guidelines

The role of the National Security Advice Centre (NSAC) is to protect the UK from threats to national security, by delivering authoritative security advice.

NSAC have just released a set of guidelines, which provide a general reference point for businesses or organisations putting new security measures in place.

Many of them will help protect you against crime as well as terrorism and other security threats. More detailed advice on specific threats and counter-measures is available on the Security Services website.

  1. Carry out a risk assessment to decide on the threats you’ll be facing and their likelihood. Identify your vulnerabilities.
  2. If you are building or acquiring new premises, try to consider security at the planning stage. It will be cheaper and more effective than adding measures later.
  3. Make security awareness part of your organisation’s culture and ensure security is represented at a senior level.
  4. Ensure good basic housekeeping throughout your premises. Keep public areas tidy and well-lit, remove unnecessary furniture and keep garden areas clear.
  5. Keep site access points to a minimum and issue staff and visitors with passes. Where possible, do not allow unauthorised vehicles to get close to your building.
  6. Install appropriate physical measures, such as locks, alarms, CCTV surveillance and lighting.
  7. Examine your mail-handling procedures and consider establishing a mailroom away from your main premises.
  8. When recruiting staff or hiring contractors, check identities and follow up references.
  9. Consider how best to protect your information and take proper IT security precautions.
  10. Plan and test your business continuity plans, ensuring that you can continue to function without access to your premises or IT systems.

If you require further information or advice on physical security, please don’t hesitate to contact us.