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Security Advice from the CPNI following Recent Terrorist Attacks

 20th Nov 2015


Following a series of terrorist attacks across the globe, including the events in Paris last week, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has published guidance notes. These are designed to help everyone in the security sector meet the evolving challenges associated with the increased level of threat.

The CPNI advises that it believes that critical infrastructure was not intended as a target in recent attacks, but that the ‘Severe’ threat level means that the security industry and government need to review all security protocols.


Sensible and straightforward security measures

CPNI advice suggests that whilst if is difficult to protect against attacks in open public places, the use of pragmatic, low cost security measures can be rapidly utilised to enhance security of a site. The significant planning, evident in attacks in Paris and Mumbai, suggests the perpetrators conducted hostile reconnaissance. The CPNI suggests that security measures which disrupt this kind of activity can reduce vulnerability to attack.

Whilst it is not possible to restrict access to public areas, the CPNI suggests security operators enhance the restriction of access to back-of-house areas and that well-targeted detection can deter potential threats. The CPNI also suggests that in areas of co-location with other organisations, that security teams can make a co-ordinated approach, working together to protect crowded places.


Key CPNI advice

To help security operators to deal with the levels of threat, the CPNI offers a number of specific guidelines and assistance in key areas:

Employee vigilance – Raising security awareness and staff vigilance, as a key deterrent and empowering the workforce to be part of the ‘eyes and ears’ of an enhanced security regime.

CCTV operators’ awareness – Ensuring CCTV operators know what suspect behaviour looks like and techniques to help overcome human limitations (such as vision and memory).

Management of external visitors – Taking the opportunity to review existing planning and putting in place enhancements where required.

Security officer motivation – Security officers are a critical component of protective security systems. When motivated, attentive and observant, security officers are a highly effective deterrent and a final line of defence - particularly if other interventions have been bypassed.

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NaCTSO Guidance

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) also offers guidance, particularly for security operations in crowded places. This covers topics such as:

  • Housekeeping good practice
  • Access control and visitors
  • CCTV
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  • Communication

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