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

    • Guidance

Security policy framework supporting documents

  1. Information asset owner role: guidance

    • Guidance
  2. Security policy framework: legal guidance

    • Guidance
  3. Information awareness training: outline specification

    • Guidance
  4. Nuclear Industries Security Regulations: guidance

    • Guidance
  5. Guidance on departmental information risk policy

    • Guidance
  6. Information charters: guidance for government

    • Guidance

Personnel security controls

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

  1. National security vetting: advice for people who are being vetted

    • Guidance
  2. National security vetting: advice for staff

    • Guidance
  3. HMG personnel security controls

    • Guidance
  4. Government baseline personnel security standard

    • Guidance
  5. Recruiting for vacancies requiring National Security Vetting clearance

    • Guidance

Government security classifications

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

  1. Government Security Classifications

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

    • Guidance
  3. Security Classifications: sample variation agreement

    • Guidance
  4. Government Security Classifications: posters

    • Promotional material

International security classifications

  1. International classified information

    • Policy paper
  2. Protecting international 'Restricted' information

    • Guidance
  3. International classified information: personnel security clearance

    • Guidance
  4. Implementing the UK-US Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

    • Policy paper

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

    • Guidance
  2. Security requirements for List X contractors

    • Guidance
  3. Industrial security: departmental responsibilities

    • Guidance
  4. Government supplier assurance framework

    • Guidance