advice on the website is aimed principally at businesses
in organisations with responsibility
for the safety of others. It has been compiled by the Security
Service's National Security Advice Centre (NSAC), which works
to protect key Government assets and businesses vital to
the UK's Critical National Infrastructure, such as transport,
power and water. Any organisation or individual interested
in security advice will have access to information produced
by specialists with knowledge about the capabilities,
intentions and operating methods of terrorists.
Visiting the MI5 headquarters, Home Secretary David Blunkett
the public is our number one priority in Government and
Security Service is at the forefront of our defence
against attacks of the kind we have seen across the world
in recent years.
determined to ensure that they have the resources they
need to carry
out their vital role and was pleased to
be able to confirm recently extra funding which will see
the Service increase in size by around 50 per cent over the
next few years.
Security Service is the best in the world and is uniquely
to provide authoritative advice on the nature of threats
facing the United Kingdom.
the MI5 website, all businesses and organisations will
benefit of their expertise and can use it to
make themselves safer.
risk from terrorism is very real and we have a duty to
individuals and businesses are armed with
the information that allows them to take sensible and proportionate
steps to protect themselves from new and emerging threats.
That is why I have undertaken to put as much information
into the public domain as possible, for example through our
own terrorism website.
information we make available to the public is constantly
to ensure that it provides a realistic assessment
without causing undue alarm."
Eliza Manningham-Buller, Director General of the Security
"Through the collection and analysis of secret intelligence
we have a well-developed understanding of international terrorism
and other threats facing the UK today. An important
part of our work is to use the knowledge we have about these
organisations to provide sensible and practical advice on
how best to protect against these threats.
"Our aim is to help inform decisions people may need to
take about security measures. The descriptions of the threats
should give people a better feel for the range and nature
of security issues we all face and help to place our
security advice in context.
"We rely heavily on public assistance and support to
do our work effectively and by working together I believe
we are up to the challenge of responding to today's security
threats. I would encourage people to use our website to
pass on any information that might be relevant
to our work."
with information they think might help protect national
security will be
able to contact the Service directly via
a secure page on the website in a section called "How You
on the co-operation of the Muslim community, the "About
MI5" and "How You Can Help" sections of the website have
been translated into Arabic. Additional languages will
be added in due course.
Notes to editors
1. www.mi5.gov.uk is
primarily aimed at businesses and organisations. The information
is complementary to that provided on www.homeoffice.gov.uk/terrorism,
which is aimed at the general public, and www.ukresilience.info,
which provides information for emergency planners and local
2. In addition to the new web form, anyone with information
they want to pass on to the Security Service can call the
public telephone number 020 7930 9000 in confidence.
threat picture is prepared by the Joint Terrorism Analysis
(JTAC). Created in June 2003, JTAC is
a self-standing, multi-agency organisation that consists
of assessment staff from within the Service and other Government
departments to support military, diplomatic, police and other
intelligence agency needs for assessed intelligence on international
4. In February 2004 the Home Office announced additional
funding for the Security Service to increase staff by 50
per cent in the next few years.