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James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry.James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
October 24, 2023


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Critical national infrastructure

UK expertise in securing critical national infrastructure outlined in UK Defence brochure

In an initiative from UK Defence and Security Exports, part of the Department for Business and Trade, the UK Government has launched a brochure setting out the country’s security industry expertise in protecting sites of critical national infrastructure (CNI).

UKGov-CNIBrochureFull-23The brochure, published in late September 2023, is designed to set out the UK security sector’s strengths to overseas buyers who are seeking to strengthen the security of their CNI sites.

It highlights several areas of expertise the UK security industry can offer, across both physical and cyber protection. It offers an introduction to various methods of defence – from perimeter protection and access control, through to response, resilience and mitigation measures – as well as case studies from British security manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.

In the brochure’s ministerial introduction, Minister of State for the Department for Business and Trade, Lord Johnson of Lainston CBE, outlined the experience his team believes the UK has in this sector, adding:

“The capabilities and company case studies set out in this brochure exemplify the world-class products, services and support that the UK  can offer to overseas clients to help secure their Critical National Infrastructure sites.”

The brochure includes chapters covering:

  • Perimeter security
  • Access control
  • Response
  • Resilience & mitigation
  • Command, control & communications
  • Cyber security
  • Training & capacity building
  • Planning & consultancy

Read the full Brochure, here: Securing Critical National Infrastructure: An introduction to UK capability

Security industry collaboration

Critical connectivity provider, CSL Group, was asked to collaborate on the brochure with the government agencies.

Simon Banks, Founder of CSL and Chairman of the BSIA, provides the industry perspective foreword, where he highlighted how technology has transformed the capabilities of the security industry, with the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

He also cited the importance of security officers, as well as the inspectorates that govern professional standards and develop new codes of practice.

Banks explained: “In the world of Critical National Infrastructure, in recent years technology has transformed the security capabilities of the industry and enabled a more proactive approach rather than a reactive one.

“These important facilities underpin the everyday functioning of society, and so the ability to deter threats and to have appropriate mitigation measures if incidents do take place is absolutely key, and it is UK companies and the robust products and services they provide that protect these sites.”

Several case studies from British security companies are also outlined throughout the brochure, including from CSL, Todd Research, Symetrica, Sunray Engineering, Mitie Security, Kings Secure Technologies, Videosoft and Securitas.


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