UK launches National Protective Security Authority

The UK has established a new intelligence agency called the National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) to ‘help businesses and organisations defend themselves against national security threats‘.

The new agency operates as part of MI5 and has absorbed the responsibilities of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, but with a broader remit. NPSA will work together with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UK NACE) to build resilience to national security threats.

Overall, the agency will work to ‘provide expert advice, research, and development to support countering terrorism, countering state threats, and protecting the public’. Goals include protecting UK’s critical infrastructure, as well as the country’s economy and its science and technological advantage.