Who We Work With

CPNI works with partners in government, police, industry and academia to identify risks to and reduce the vulnerability of the national infrastructure, focusing in particular on critical national infrastructure

Last Updated 12 November 2020

CPNI works with partners to identify risks and vulnerability to the UK national infrastructure. Key partners include: 

  • Government departments and devolved government with responsibility for infrastructure sectors. 
  • Businesses and organisations within the critical national infrastructure.
  • Security specialists and advice delivery partners, including the Police.

Government partnerships

CNI protection sits under the Cabinet Office. 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 (CCS) in Cabinet Office. This department works to enhance the UK’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies CCS is 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 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.

We also work with Secured by Design, which is the official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit against a variety of crimes.


Industry and Academia

Partnership with academia and the private sector is at the heart of CPNI work. Experts from a wide variety of academic institutions and private companies work with us to develop our advice & guidance.


Working with security professionals

CPNI provides support to security professionals to maximise the reach of our advice and guidance. Security professionals provide input into the development of CPNI guidance and advice through their understanding of risks and best practice.

CPNI supports Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP) and Register of Security Engineers and Specialists (RSES) members and principals through:

  • an introductory briefing on the role of CPNI and advice delivery models
  • access to CPNI tools, guidance and best practice
  • opportunities to attend CPNI professional development events and
  • where the appropriate case can be made, the opportunity to attend CPNI training courses

Due to the nature of our work, applicants must hold UK, US, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand nationality.  Professionals holding CSyP or RSES member or principal level should contact their registration authority to access CPNI support.  CPNI will only be accepting applications from professionals who meet these criteria.

CPNI has selected CSyP and RSES, as the bodies overseeing professional statuses have a duty to act in the public interest, ensuring that members must meet ethical standards of behaviour and be fit to practice in their areas of expertise.

CPNI’s support to professionals will continue for as long as they hold CSyP or RSES professional qualifications.  If they are removed from the register(s) the support will cease.  CPNI also reserves the right to cease support for any other reason.

CPNI does not provide assurance or accreditation of professionals or the registration authorities.

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