NFCC Lead - Protective Security

Expressions of interest for this role are welcomed from any Strategic Level Managers from the UK FRS, who will encourage fire services to work collaboratively to achieve the goals outlined below. 

The NFCC defines protective security as being those measures taken to provide:

  • personnel security
  • physical security
  • information security, including Information and Communications Technology (ICT) security.

In line with the principles of security described in the Security Policy Framework set out by the Cabinet Office on behalf of government, fire and rescue services should ensure that their protective security arrangements reflect the UK’s widest national security objectives and that government and sector assets are robustly and appropriately protected. It is vital that security must enable the business of government and fire services and that it should be framed to support government’s objectives to work transparently and openly and to deliver services efficiently and effectively, via digital services wherever appropriate.

Effective protective security should achieve a proportionate and risk-managed approach to security, enabling the secure and efficient provision of services. However, it also contributes to wider national security strategic objectives, including the protection of our national infrastructure and cyber space.

Each service is responsible for establishing and maintaining an appropriate environment within her or his service to:

  • safeguard people and clients from foreseeable risks
  • facilitate the appropriate sharing of official information for government, fire and other emergency services to conduct business effectively
  • limit the potential for compromise of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of its official information and assets, recognising risks such as those associated with information aggregation
  • protect official assets from loss or misuse
  • support the continued delivery of the service’s essential business regardless of disruptions caused by all types of hazards.

To support services in these endeavours, the NFCC Lead for Protective Security role will include:

  • Ensuring the NFCC has an up to date Protective Security Strategy which is in line with government requirements (currently set out in the Security Policy Framework)
  • Providing and commissioning guidance for services on protective security arrangements, especially in relation to the protection of national assets. These arrangements to include: governance, culture and awareness, risk management, information, technology and services, personnel security, physical security and preparing for and responding to security incidents, both within the service itself and within the wider community.
  • Providing specific guidance on services’ response to national threat levels and fire service specific threat levels
  • Liaising with relevant NFCC leads as necessary to ensure that protective security advice is in alignment with related policies, as protective security can be considered an overlay to the business of a fire and rescue service. This cross-cutting nature of protective security therefore requires close liaison with other relevant NFCC leads to ensure that policies and guidance are in alignment
  • Engaging and supporting protective security leads within services and creating opportunities for sharing best practice
  • Liaising with government departments and agencies, especially Cabinet Office, the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Home Office on the development of protective security policies and guidance for services and responding on behalf of NFCC to relevant consultations
  • Liaising with protective security leads in blue light and other public sector organisations to deliver effective protective security

For an informal discussion on the role please contact Chris Strickland on Chris.Strickland@cambsfire.gov.uk

If you are interested in the role then please send an expression of interest by email, outlining the reason for your interest and any supporting comments to nfccadminsupport@nationalfirechiefs.org.uk by midday on Friday 12th March 2021