Employee Vigilance

How your employees behave is a key indicator of your organisation’s attitude to security. Vigilant security behaviour will show any hostile individual watching that it’s not just security guards and CCTV they need to worry about. Alert employees are just as likely to spot suspicious activity and report it.

CPNI has developed an Employee Vigilance campaign to help you instill vigilance behaviours in your employees, which in turn will help them become an active part of your protective security regime.

This guidance helps organisations to understand what constitutes good and bad employee vigilance security behaviour; and then demonstrates how to communicate it to the workforce. It provides the tools to run a ‘security-minded behaviour’ campaign, including links to professionally designed supporting materials.

We have generated this guidance as a result of our research, including into reconnaissance conducted by hostiles (individuals who want to harm or disrupt your people, assets or reputation).

The campaign kit consists of the following materials:

We have provided a number of materials that will support an organisation in running a vigilance behaviour campaign, including posters, wallet cards, draft communications and intranet articles which can be amended to suit your organisation.

Posters (open to download)

Poster to be used with the Employee Vigilance campaign     Poster to be used with Employee Vigilance campaign     Poster

Poster to be used with the Employee Vigilance campaign     Poster to be used with the Employee Vigilance campaign     Poster to be used with the Employee Vigilance campaign


Wallet cards (open to download)

PIPPA wallet card     Security wallet card


Editable briefing packs (open to view and save to edit)

Briefing pack for employees

Briefing pack for managers


Editable communications material (open to view and save to edit)

Intranet article

Intranet FAQs

Introducing P.I.P.P.A - Your 5 Point Personal Security Plan

Endorsement letter from a Board Member

Security Manager Blog Post

Next steps:

The impact of this guidance is improved when it is used in conjunction with other CPNI guidance, such as Security-Minded Comms, Deterrence Communications and Understanding Hostile Reconnaissance. By combining the techniques in these and other guides, by ‘layering’ deterrence messages, organisations can help improve staff vigilance and ensure that hostiles are confronted at every stage of their planning process.

For further information on the materials, to share feedback, or for editable versions (as Indesign files) please email [email protected].

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