Resources and Links

Resources and Links

The Security Service works very closely with a wide range of organisations, Government departments and law enforcement agencies both in the UK and overseas (see "Partnerships").  Links to the websites of our main partners and other useful online resources are provided below.

The Security Service is not responsible for the websites listed below.  Providing links to the websites should not be taken as endorsement of any kind.  We cannot guarantee that the links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

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UK Government Departments

Home Office
The Government department responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales. It deals with counter-terrorist policy and legislation. The Security Service works under the statutory authority of the Home Secretary. Further information on the Government's work to counter terrorism.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Government department responsible for foreign affairs. FCO travel advice draws on information from the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre at Thames House. The FCO website provides travel advice on over 200 countries, including information on threats to personal safety abroad.

Cabinet Office
One of the Cabinet Office's key objectives is to co-ordinate security, intelligence and civil contingencies matters to protect the UK against disruptive threats. The Joint Intelligence Committee, which advises on priorities for intelligence collection and assesses performance against them, is based at the Cabinet Office. The Intelligence and Security Committee provides parliamentary oversight of the intelligence agencies.

Northern Ireland Office
The Northern Ireland Office works to secure a lasting peace in the Province, based on the Good Friday Agreement. The Director and Co-ordinator of Intelligence (Northern Ireland) reports both to the Director General of the Security Service and to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Department of Trade and Industry
The DTI aims to assist UK businesses at home and abroad. Its Export Control Organisation handles applications for licences to export controlled military and dual-use technology from the UK and therefore helps to prevent the proliferation of WMD to countries of concern. The Security Service works with the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) of the DTI on issues of nuclear and radiation security and runs briefings jointly with OCNS for members of the civil nuclear industry.

Ministry of Defence
The role of the Ministry of Defence, and the Armed Forces, is to defend the UK, and overseas territories, its people and interests, and work to strengthen international peace and security. The Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) of the MOD is part of the UK's central intelligence machinery.

Department of Health
The aim of the Department of Health is to improve the health and well-being of people in England. The DH website provides information on emergency planning and advice on the treatment of chemical, biological and radiological casualties.

Health and Safety Executive
The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in the UK. Its website provides advice and guidance on a range of health and safety issues.

Department for Transport
The Department for Transport oversees the delivery of a reliable, safe and secure transport system(land, sea and air). The Security Service works with the Transport Security Devision (TRANSEC) of the DFT on issues of transport security and runs security briefings and roadshows jointly with TRANSEC for members of the transport industry.

HM Revenue and Customs
UK Revenue and Customs is the Government department with responsibility for collecting VAT revenue, customs duties and certain other taxes. It also plays a key role in protecting the UK from illegal imports of drugs, alcohol and tobacco smuggling and tax fraud.

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UK Intelligence Agencies

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)
SIS, commonly known as MI6, is responsible for obtaining secret information and conducting operations in support of the UK's foreign policy objectives, and to counter threats to UK interests worldwide.

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
GCHQ is an intelligence and security organisation which reports to the Foreign Secretary. Through its signals intelligence work, GCHQ supports Government decision-making in the fields of national security, military operations and law enforcement.

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Law Enforcement Agencies

UK Police Service
The Security Service works very closely with the 43 police forces across England and Wales, particularly their Special Branches. The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) co-ordinatesa nationwide network of specialist police advisors who may be contacted via local police headquarters. The UK Police Service portal provides links to regional police force websites.

Association of Chief Police Officers
ACPO coordinates policing policies on behalf of the 43 forces across England and Wales. It liaises with Government on dealing with civil emergencies and terrorist incidents. The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) works to ACPO and provides a co-ordinating role for the police service in regard to counter-terrorism and protective security.

Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command
The Counter Terrorism Command (previously the Anti-Terrorism Branch - "SO13") of the Metropolitan Police Service was launched on 2 October 2006. The new command brings together intelligence analysis and development with investigations and operational support activity.

City of London Police
The City of London Police is responsible for the safety of London's "Square Mile". Its website provides information on countering the threat of terrorism in the City and on the work of its Anti-Terrorism and Public Order Unit.

Police Service of Northern Ireland
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) superseded the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in November 2001 as a result of the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland. The Security Service will assume the lead responsibility for Northern Ireland's national security intelligence work from the PSNI during 2007.

Serious Organised Crime Agency
The Serious Organised Crime Agency brought together the former National Crime Squad and National Criminal Intelligence Service to combat national and international serious and organised crime, typically drug trafficking, immigration, illegal arms trafficking, money laundering, counterfeit currency, kidnap and extortion.

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International Terrorism

Jane's Information Group
Jane's Information Group is an independent commercial provider of open source information on defence and security issues. Their products include reports of terrorist incidents and events.

Chatham House
Chatham House is an independent institute that analyses international issues, including global terrorism.

International Institute for Strategic Studies
The International Institute for Strategic Studies provides objective information and analysis on military and political developments.

Royal United Services Institute
The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies is a research organisation focusing on UK national and international defence and security issues.

Wilton Park
Wilton Park is an independent Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It organises conferences on a variety of issues, including terrorism.

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) is a US organisation dedicated to preventing terrorism. The MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base is a comprehensive databank of global terrorist incidents and organisations.

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Security Advice

Confederation of British Industry
The CBI represents companies from all sectors of UK business. It is a source of expert advice and information, and a forum for the generation of ideas and best practice exchange. The CBI's business guides cover issues such as business continuity and protecting your business in the electronic age.

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
CPNI provides integrated security advice, combining information, personnel and physical aspects of security, to the businesses and organisations which make up the national infrastructure. Through the delivery of this advice, CPNI protects national security by helping to reduce the vulnerability of the national infrastructure to terrorism and other threats.

IT Security Awareness for Everyone
The IT Security Awareness for Everyone website - - offers free advice as well as virus and threat alerts allowing home and business computer users to surf the net and send / receive emails more safely. Information on the site is provided by NISCC(see above).

National Technical Authority for Information Assurance
CESG is the Information Assurance arm of GCHQ which provides advice and assistance on the security of communications and electronic data. It works with Government departments and agencies and the Armed Forces, as well as public and private sector companies.

Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA)
The Cabinet Office's CSIA unit works with partners in the public and private sectors to help safeguard the UK's IT and telecommunications services. The CSIA websiteprovides advice for businesses on good information security practices.

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
The Security Industry Authority, which reports to the Home Secretary, manages the licensing of the private security industry as set out in the Private Security Industry Act 2001. It also aims to raise standards of professionalism and skills within the private security industry and to promote best practice.

British Standards Institute (BSI)
BSI is the world's leading provider of standards covering every aspect of the modern economy. For example, BS 7799 deals with securing business information, BS 7499 covers static site guarding and mobile patrol services, and BS 7858 is the code of practice for security screening of individuals employed in a security environment.

Criminal Records Bureau
The CRB is an executive agency of the Home Office. By providing wider access to criminal record information through its Disclosure service, it helps employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors identify candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work.

Achieving Best Practice in Your Business
Achieving Best Practice in Your Business is a DTI-led partnership between industry and government that provides small businesses with impartial advice about e-business and information and communications technologies (ICT). Their website includes case studies, free brochures, reports and a range of self-assessment tools.

Security Information Service for Business Overseas (SISBO)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Security Information Service for Business Overseas (SISBO) assists businesses by providing information on the security and political risks they may face when operating in particular markets overseas.

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Contingency Planning / Resilience

Preparing for Emergencies
This website provides practical, commonsense advice for members of the general public on the steps they can taketo prepare for a range of emergencies, including terrorist attack. It ispart of an information campaign run by the Cabinet Officeand has been endorsed by the Security Service.

Civil Resilience Directorate
The Civil Resilience Directorate was established in June 2003 to co-ordinate the resilience programmes of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). These aim to ensure that the country is prepared to detect, prevent and respond to major emergencies, including terrorist attacks.

UK Resilience
UK Resilience is the website of the Cabinet Office's Civil Contingencies Secretariat. It provides links to Government and non-government sources on a wide variety of emergencies and crises, including terrorist attacks, that can affect the UK, as well as emergency planning guidance and Government information.

London Prepared
London Prepared is the website of London Resilience, an inter-agency team working to ensure London is prepared for major incidents or catastrophes. The website offers information and advice to Londoners, visitors and businesses on London's preparations for, and responses to, major emergencies.

Emergency Planning College
The Emergency Planning College, based within the Civil Contingencies Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, runs short seminars, workshops and courses on an inter-agency basis in the field of crisis management and emergency planning.

The Business Continuity Institute
The mission of the BCI is to promote business continuity management worldwide. It provides an internationally recognised certification scheme for business continuity practitioners and is involved in the development of international standards. The BCI website includes details of its business continuity planning guides and conferences, training events and exhibitions.

Continuity Forum
An online resource for business continuity management professionals, providing advice and support services for organisations wishing to develop their business continuity planning and management.

National Steering Committee on Warning and Informing the Public (NSC)
The NCS is a partnership of Government, emergency services, public utilities, industry, the media and professional organisations which aims to improve arrangements for warning members of the public of an imminent or actual threat to life, health or property and to inform them of the appropriate action to take.

Health Protection Agency (HPA)
The HPA is dedicated to protecting people's health and reducing the impact of infectious diseases, chemical and radiation hazards and poisons. The HPA website provides information on responding to health protection emergencies, including the deliberate release of biological, chemical, poison or radioactive substances.

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Other Links

Security Service Recruitment
This website provides information on the Service's recruitment schemes and lists current vacancies. Application packs for vacancies can be requested online. The site challenges some of the general assumptions people make about working for the Service and answers frequently asked recruitment questions.

The National Archives
The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) has one of the largest archival collections in the world. The Security Service first released records, up to the end of World War I, to the Public Record Office in 1997. In 2001 the Service agreed with The National Archives the criteria for deciding which files to release to the public and we now release historical records twice a year.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT)
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is an independent body set up by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to consider complaints relating to the activities covered by the act. Members of the public who wish to make a complaint about the Security Service can write to the IPT.

The Defence Advisory (DA) Committee
The Defence Advisory (DA) Committee, a voluntary body made up of media and official representatives, issues notices that are designed to protect sensitive and classified information. The "DA-Notice" System provides general guidance to the media on those areas of national security which Government believes it has a duty to protect.

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