CPNI guidance - Recognising Terrorist Threats

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

The attack in Reading this past weekend has reminded us all that the UK faces a serious and challenging threat from terrorism. Early recognition of indicators of an attack can reduce casualties and save lives.


Terrorists can choose to carry out small scale attacks, large scale attacks or a combination to cause maximum disruption. However, all attacks have indicators, either that they are about to occur or have just started. In studying these, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) research has recommended that it is essential that security staff have improved awareness in key indicator recognition.


CPNI, in collaboration with ACT, have published the 'Recognising Terrorist Threats' guide aimed at every level of the security profession. This guide contains an overview of potential terrorist methodologies, key components of threat devices and other potential attack indicators.


A 20 page guidance document is available here

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