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The UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has issued guidance for organizations on the concept of Security-Minded Communications (SMC), explaining how to use this as a protective tactic.

The guidance introduces Security-Minded Communications and encourages organizations to use it to help protect themselves, their staff and visitors from hostile acts.

Background to Security-Minded Communications

According to CPNI, a hostile is a person who wants to attack or disrupt an organization for profit or to make a political or ideological point. Hostiles can be terrorists, organized criminals, those using illegal protest activity or threats from other states. SMC can be used to make a hostile believe that if they were to choose your organization, venue or event as a place to target, they will almost certainly fail.

SMC is an approach developed CPNI, which has been informed by an extensive research programme. It is designed to disrupt hostiles during the reconnaissance stage of their attack planning.

CPNI says that SMC:

  • Can be quick and easy to put in place
  • Is another layer of security at no or low cost
  • Can enhance customer service by making your customers and visitors feel safe
  • Can reduce potential vulnerabilities
  • Can be integrated into existing security and communication plans
  • Can deny the hostile access to information that they require for attack planning.

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