The world increasingly interacts digitally through cyber space. Alongside the many benefits, it leaves individuals, organisations and governments open to cyber risks. These include the possibility of hostile cyber intrusions or attacks against the UK and the UK’s interests. The National Security Strategy identifies this as one of the four main areas of security risk to the UK. Working as part of a cross government effort, SIS provides secret intelligence to help protect the UK from current and future cyber threats from a range of cyber actors whether from hostile states, terrorists and/or criminals.
Instability and conflict overseas
We know that instability and conflict overseas can create weak governments and poor security – just the right environment for terrorists and organised crime groups to thrive. Terrorist groups increasingly recruit, plan and direct their global operations within conflict-affected states.
SIS works with foreign partners and UK enforcement agencies to disrupt criminal activity. Through the work of secret agents, it provides intelligence to the UK Government and provides early warning indications of potentially hostile threats. The work done, including the strategic insight and understanding it provides, informs policy and decision-making – often leading to early political intervention to prevent prolonged instability.
Hostile exfiltration and data gathering techniques are an integral part of intelligence gathering cycle.