Collection

Government security

This series brings together all documents relating to government security.

The Cabinet Office maintains protective security policies for government.

This includes the security policy framework which provides central internal protective security policy and risk management for all government departments, associated bodies and partners handling government information. It is the source on which all localised security policies should be based.

The framework was made publicly available for the first time in December 2008; however, it has been necessary to restrict access to some technical and procedural material on security grounds. While security policies will differ according to the range of risks faced by each organisation, the framework sets out a range of mandatory security outcomes. The framework also provides technical information, advice and guidance to support implementation of the policy requirements.

Security policy framework

The framework describes how government organisations and third parties handling government information and other assets will apply protective security. This will ensure that government can function effectively, efficiently and securely.

  1. Security policy framework

    • 7 July 2014
    • Guidance

Security policy framework supporting documents

  1. Information asset owner role: guidance

    • 1 October 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Security policy framework: legal guidance

    • 1 April 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Information awareness training: outline specification

    • 1 October 2013
    • Guidance
  4. Nuclear Industries Security Regulations: guidance

    • 1 April 2013
    • Guidance
  5. Guidance on departmental information risk policy

    • 1 April 2013
    • Guidance
  6. Information charters: guidance for government

    • 1 April 2013
    • Guidance

Personnel security controls

Personnel security and national security vetting policies and how the processes work.

  1. National security vetting: advice for staff

    • 27 March 2015
    • Guidance
  2. HMG personnel security controls

    • 2 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Government baseline personnel security standard

    • 1 April 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Recruiting for vacancies requiring National Security Vetting clearance

    • 3 July 2014
    • Guidance

Government security classifications

The government began using new and simpler security classifications from 2 April 2014.

  1. Government Security Classifications

    • 5 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Security Classifications: sample advert and invitation to tender

    • 12 February 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Security Classifications: sample variation agreement

    • 12 February 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Government Security Classifications: posters

    • 28 March 2014
    • Promotional material

Industrial security

Industrial security is applying measures to ensure that contractors protect government classified information in pre-contract negotiations and throughout the life-cycle of a classified contract.

  1. Contractual process: personal or classified data

    • 1 July 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Security requirements for List X contractors

    • 1 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Industrial security: departmental responsibilities

    • 1 April 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Government supplier assurance framework

    • 25 February 2015
    • Guidance