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Who We Work With

CPNI works with a variety of partners to identify risks to and reduce the vulnerability of the national infrastructure, focusing in particular on critical national infrastructure (CNI). Key partners include government departments and devolved government with responsibility for infrastructure sectors; businesses and organisations with those sectors that own or operate CNI; and other security specialists and advice delivery partners, including the Police.


Government partnerships

CNI protection sits under the Cabinet Office, enabling a strategic approach. It is based on an ‘all-risks’ model which encompasses terrorist and espionage threats, natural hazards and foreign investment.

The National Security Council for Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingencies (NSC(THRC)) governs this work. This Ministerial-led group is supported by an Officials group (NSC(THRC)(O)), which is chaired by the Deputy National Security Advisor for Intelligence, Security and Resilience. The committees seek to enable cross-Government oversight and assurance of the security and resilience of the UK’s infrastructure.

CPNI works closely with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in Cabinet Office. This department works to enhance the UK’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and in particular has the policy lead for UK CNI.

The Home Office has Ministerial responsibility for countering terrorism in the UK. The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) in the Home Office, oversees and manages the Government’s CONTEST strategy and programme plan.


Working with the Police:

CPNI works closely with the police, in particular the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), which is a police unit that supports the Protect and Prepare strands of the government’s counter terrorism strategy.

NaCTSO is responsible for providing advice and guidance to government and industry to;

  • protect crowded places throughout the UK from the terrorist threat
  • protect hazardous sites and prevent dangerous substances from being used for terrorist purposes
  • protect critical national infrastructure from terrorists
  • provide personal security advice.

NaCTSO supports a network of Counter Terrorism Security Advisers whose primary role is to provide advice and guidance on all aspects of counter terrorism protective security to specified industry sectors.


Industry and Academia

Partnership with academia and the private sector is at the heart of CPNI work. Experts from within a wide variety of academic institutions and private companies work actively with us on the development of our advice.