The SIS Mission
The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), often referred to outside the Service as MI6, has its iconic headquarters at Vauxhall Cross. The mission is to provide Her Majesty's Government with a global covert capability, collecting secret intelligence and carrying out operations overseas to prevent serious crime, and promote and defend the national security of the United Kingdom. SIS works closely with MI5 and GCHQ, and the secret nature of the work means it operates within a strict legal framework and reports to government ministers. It takes people from a wide range of backgrounds with a variety of different skills to help counter the increasing number of threats to the UK. But they all share the same mission – to protect the country, its people and interests.
The people are at the heart of the SIS mission. It fulfils its operations in a number of ways – with the information agents provide, the technical resources at its disposal and its close relationship with foreign intelligence and security services.