Enhancing Your Site’s Protective Security

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How your employees behave is a key indicator of your organisation's attitude to security. Vigilant security behaviour – such as showing awareness of one's surroundings or engaging with strangers – will show any hostile individual watching that it's not just security guards and CCTV they need to worry about. Alert employees are just as likely to spot suspicious activity and report it.

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has developed an approach to help you instil vigilance behaviours in your staff, which in turn will help them become an active part of your protective security regime. Getting your employees to be more ‘security savvy’ can help disrupt a wide range of individuals with hostile intent (be they for petty criminality through to more serious crime such as terrorists undertaking attack planning). As such it can provide a huge force-multiplier to enhance your site’s protective security at very little cost.

This guidance helps organisations understand what constitutes good and bad employee vigilance security behaviour, and demonstrates how to communicate it to the workforce. It provides the tools to run a 'security-minded behaviour' campaign, including links to professionally-designed supporting materials. To access the guidance and supporting materials, visit http://www.cpni.gov.uk/advice/Personnel-security1/Employee-vigilance/

The impact of this guidance is improved when it is used in conjunction with other CPNI products. By combining the techniques in these guides, organisations can help improve staff vigilance and ensure that hostiles are confronted at every stage of their planning process. Next month will introduce CPNI’s advice and guidance on getting the most out of your CCTV control room and operators.