Protecting Against Terrorism- Guidance from the CPNI

We have posted a number of articles about Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in the past including their use of YouTube, but for those of you that don’t know who they are please continue to read on. In simple terms CPNI are the Government authority that provides protective security advice to businesses and organisations across the national infrastructure, but what do they do?

CPNI provides integrated security advice (combining information, personnel and physical) to organisations which make up the national infrastructure. Their advice helps to reduce the vulnerability of the national infrastructure (primarily the critical national infrastructure) to terrorism and other threats to national security. They are an interdepartmental organisation, with resources from industry, academia and a number of government departments and agencies (including the Security Service, CESG and departments responsible for national infrastructure sectors).

They draw on expertise, knowledge and information from a range of organisations and sponsor research and work in partnership with academia, government partners, research institutions as well as the private sector to develop applications that can reduce vulnerability to terrorist and other attacks and lessen the impact if an attack does take place.

They also have special access to intelligence and information about threats to national security, which informs its advice and priorities. Currently the threat from terrorism to the UK remains both real and serious and as such an attack could take place at any time without warning and any organisation could be directly or indirectly affected. More recent terrorism incidents across the world have mainly targeted its violence against people and property and that is a risk that cannot be planned for. However, what can be planned for and just as important is for businesses to plan against disrupted communications systems, damaged assets and potential tarnished reputations that could also cause immediate and/or long-term harm to a business, all of which are equally desirable from the terrorist point of view. CPNI have recently produced its 3rd edition of the guidance document ‘Protecting against Terrorism’ which can be very useful in assisting with this preparation. To read the 52-page document visit the CPNI website 

There are a number of other useful guidance from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that they have produced covering all aspects of protective security arrangements, Physical, Personnel and Information Security and if you haven’t already I urge you to have a look and use where appropriate after all it’s a free and very well respected resource. Happy Reading.

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