The UK’s domestic intelligence service, MI5, has issued a list of top tips
for dealing with terrorist threats on a new website for businesses.
This is the first time the intelligence service has publicly offered this
kind of advice, which is traditionally confined to government departments.
MI5 director general Eliza Manningham-Butler said stopping terrorists was
only one part of the organisation’s collective defences against terrorism.
"Another part of our work is to use the knowledge we have about these
organisations to provide sensible and practical advice on how best to protect
yourself against these threats," she said.
The website includes the management of threats from staff ‘insiders’, who
help facilitate attacks from outside parties.
The motivation of disaffected individuals includes personal gain, boredom,
revenge, or sympathy with some external cause, according to the security
The advice warns that it is important to ensure that any measures taken are
demonstrably proportionate to the perceived risks, and that – as far as
possible – staff understand the risks and accept the measures that need to be
taken in which to mitigate them.