About CPNI

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Information for manufacturers of security equipment

CPNI provides protective security advice to businesses and organisations across the national infrastructure. As part of this advice CPNI assures a wide range of physical security products for use on critical national infrastructure (CNI) sites. This assurance is provided against the national security threats, as detailed in the threats section of this website.

Where possible CPNI uses international or national standards, where these standards do not exist CPNI sponsors standards either as a Publicly Available Specifications (PAS), suitably recognised standard or creates a CPNI standard. CPNI often uses international or national standards as a baseline for CPNI standards, certification against these standards may be a requirement for CPNI testing.

Applications for evaluation

CPNI uses a range of funding models to ensure best value for money; these funding models are tailored to particular product areas. In all cases products need to be relevant to the CNI and the threats CPNI protects against. To ensure relevance to the CNI the following criteria apply:

  1. Products with a Government or critical national infrastructure (CNI) sponsor will be prioritised above others
  2. The sponsor shall supply details of the product requiring testing to CPNI through their CPNI advisor (some Government departments have alternative routes)
  3. CPNI will prioritise the testing programme based on the number of requests received and the sites they are received from.

Once a product has been selected for evaluation the appropriate test organisation will contact the manufacturer. Before a product is tested manufacturers will be required to provide detailed product information. At this stage manufacturers will be advised on the post-trial feedback they can expect.

Please note that testing of cyber security and information assurance products is carried out by our partners CESG, as part of their Commercial Product Assurance (CPA) scheme. All enquiries about assuring these products should be directed to CESG.

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Engagement days

CPNI hosts manufacturers’ engagement days, which provide the opportunity to learn more about CPNI and its testing process. The days are also an opportunity to understand CPNI’s requirements better and to learn about the development of CPNI’s standards.

Engagement days

Testing programme

CPNI runs a testing programme throughout the year and this page will be kept up-to-date with planned tests.

Testing programme

Useful documents

CPNI uses a range of different standards to test against. Details of these standards and their availability are provided on this page.

Useful documents

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