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Security Service


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A government organization responsible for protecting the country against covertly organized threats to national security. These include terrorism, espionage, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In addition the Security Service provides security advice to a range of other organizations, helping them reduce their vulnerability to the threats. Its aims are to: frustrate terrorism; prevent damage to the UK from foreign espionage and other covert foreign state activity; frustrate procurement by proliferating countries of material, technology, or expertise relating to weapons of mass destruction; watch out for new or re‐emerging types of threat; protect the Government's sensitive information and assets, and the Critical National Infrastructure; assist the Secret Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Headquarters in the discharge of their statutory functions; build Service capability and resilience.

frustrate terrorism; prevent damage to the UK from foreign espionage and other covert foreign state activity; frustrate procurement by proliferating countries of material, technology, or expertise relating to weapons of mass destruction; watch out for new or re‐emerging types of threat; protect the Government's sensitive information and assets, and the Critical National Infrastructure; assist the Secret Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Headquarters in the discharge of their statutory functions; build Service capability and resilience.

Subjects: Law.


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