Top Ten Security Guidelines


Below we list CPNI’s Top Ten Security Guidelines when protecting against Terrorism.

1. Conduct a Risk Assessment

Conduct a risk assessment to decide on the threats the organisation might face and their likelihood. Identify existing and potential vulnerabilities and the impact of any breaches of security.

2. Consider Security Requirements

If acquiring or extending premises, consider security requirements right from the planning stage. It will be cheaper and more effective than adding measures later.

3. Make security awareness a part of the organisation’s culture

Make security awareness a part of the organisation’s culture. Ensure staff are kept regularly informed and that security standards are fully supported at a senior level.

4. Ensure good basic housekeeping

Ensure good basic housekeeping throughout the premises. Keep public areas tidy and well-lit, remove unnecessary furniture and keep garden areas clear.

5. Keep access points to a minimum

Keep access points to a minimum and issue staff and visitors with passes. Where possible, do not allow unauthorised vehicles close to the building.

6. Install appropriate physical measures

Install appropriate physical measures such as locks, alarms, CCTV surveillance, complementary lighting and glazing protection.

7. Maintain appropriate mail-handling procedures

Maintain appropriate mail-handling procedures, consider establishing the mailroom away from the main premises.

8. Check identities and follow up references

When recruiting staff or contractors, check identities and follow up references.

9. Take proper IT security precautions

Consider how best to protect information and take proper IT security precautions. Ensure there are appropriate provisions for disposing of confidential waste.

10. Plan and rehearse business continuity and incident response plans

Plan and rehearse business continuity and incident response plans, make sure that key business functions can continue during disruptions.

Read CPNI’s full guidelines here.

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