Tools, Catalogues and Standards

When thinking about physical security measures there is a temptation to go straight to market and find products which claim to address perceived security issues. CPNI publishes a range of tools, catalogues and standards to help evaluate and select measures that will effectively address actual needs.

A methodical process of assessing risks and determining requirements for security measures should be followed. CPNI has developed guidance for the development of both high level and detailed security requirements.

Clients of CPNI will have direct access to the resources mentioned below, along with training in their proper use. These tools should not be further distributed without prior approval from CPNI.

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), also offers a range of advice related to physical security.


Standards

Standards are used to set a common goal during specification and supply to ensure that there are clear requirements for products or services. Standards in security are very important but care is needed to ensure that the standard specified is suitable for a given situation.

CPNI draws upon a wider range of publicly available standards at national, European and international levels. These are available from the British Standards Institute (BSI), e.g. BS EN 1063 Bullet Resistant Glazing.

CPNI, in collaboration with the BSI, has developed a range of Publicly Available Standards (PAS) covering different aspects of physical security measures.

CPNI also has its own standards, and draws on other ‘closed’ standards, the details of which are controlled and only made available to those with a specific need.


Catalogues and tools

CPNI produces a range of catalogues listing approved security measures for a range of applications. These are listed below and their distribution is controlled.

Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE)

A good reference point when thinking about physical security equipment is the CSE. The CSE is designed to help security managers choose and recommend appropriate physical security furniture and equipment to protect the assets for which they are responsible.

Catalogue of Impact-Tested Vehicle Security Barriers (CITVSB)

The CITVSB is intended to aid security practitioners in the choice of appropriate Vehicle Security Barrier (VSB), in order for them to design robust and sustainable protective security measures that are proportionate to the perceived vehicle-borne threat.

Manual of Search and Detection Equipment (Blue Book)

The Manual of Search and Detection Equipment (commonly known as the Blue Book) is published annually by the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) in partnership with CPNI and the Department for Transport. It is aimed at those in the law enforcement and security community who need to be able to make informed decisions on the selection and use of equipment for detecting explosives, weapons, people and chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) substances.