Who We Are

CPNI’s role is to protect UK national security. We help to reduce the vulnerability of the UK to a variety of threats such as Terrorism, Espionage and Sabotage. 

Last Updated 31 March 2021

There are a number of Government policies that impact the work of CPNI. This includes the National Security Strategy, National Risk Register and Counter Terrorism Strategy.

National Security Strategy
The UK Government's National Security Strategy sets out the strategic objectives to ensure the UK's security and resilience.

National Risk Register
The most significant emergencies that the UK and its citizens could face over the next five years are monitored by government through the National Risk Assessment (NRA). This is a confidential assessment that is conducted annually, drawing on expertise from a wide range of departments and agencies of government. The National Risk Register (NRR) is the public version.

Counter Terrorism Strategy
CONTEST is the UK Government's counter-terrorism strategy and aims to reduce the risk from international terrorism so people can go about their daily business. Developing and delivering CONTEST involves numerous stakeholders, including government departments, the emergency services, voluntary organisations, the business sector and overseas partners. The strategy is divided into four principal strands: Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare. CPNI's work falls within the Protect strand which focusses on reducing the vulnerability of the UK and UK interests overseas to a terrorist attack.
Cyber security advice for protecting CNI IT networks, data and systems from cyber-attack is now the responsibility of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). CPNI and NCSC work in partnership to ensure a holistic approach to protective security is delivered.