The Security and Intelligence Group (SIG) coordinates and provides leadership on a range of strategies, policies, and operations for strengthening national security and resilience.
It provides assessments to the Prime Minister, senior Ministers, and senior officials on events and developments affecting New Zealand’s security interests. It leads and coordinates the intelligence community’s priority setting, risk management, and functional performance reporting.
The SIG Group is led by Deputy Chief Executive, Security & Intelligence (DCE SIG), Howard Broad.
The DCE SIG supports the Chief Executive by leading and coordinating the National Security System in its practical application. The DCE SIG oversees the functioning of the National Security System, advises on national security direction, and ensures that policies, systems, and capabilities are up to standard. The SIG is also responsible for leading and coordinating the New Zealand Intelligence Community.
The Security and Intelligence Group comprises 4 Directorates:
- National Security Systems
- National Security Policy
- Intelligence and Assessment
- National Risk Unit
National Security Systems
The Director of National Security Systems:
- ensures that the system architecture performs as intended
- implements the decisions of the Officials' Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC) system
- builds specific capabilities and activates the system when necessary
- ensures that experience is retained as knowledge within the system.
The team remains constantly alert to current events that may require a national security response.
In times of crisis, the National Security Systems Directorate provides support to the Prime Minister and Chairs of ODESC and Watch Groups to enable them to take well informed and timely decisions.
In times of crisis the Directorate also coordinates the National Security System by ensuring that the right agencies are represented at meetings, understand their roles and responsibilities, and follow through on action points.
Outside times of crisis the team coordinates risk assessments, exercises and system testing, and contingency plans across government agencies, local authorities, and other related entities.
The Director of NSS is Catriona Robinson.
National Security Policy
The National Security Policy directorate provides and coordinates advice to:
- the Prime Minister (who is also the Minister for National Security and Intelligence)
- the Minister in Charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
- the Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau
- the Minister of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
- other Ministers and senior officials.
The team leads thinking on prioritisation for the New Zealand Intelligence Community, coordinates legislation on national security and intelligence, and acts as the interface with the Government executive, Ministers and Parliament.
In times of crisis, the Directorate:
- provides briefing and decision support to the Chief Executive of DPMC and/or the Chairs of Watch Groups and ODESC meetings
- provides policy advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio Ministers
- leads cross-agency coordination of policy advice and deliverables.
The Acting Director of NSP is Paul Ash.
Intelligence and Assessment
The Intelligence and Assessment directorate ensures a coordinated and timely supply of intelligence and assessments to decision makers. It leads the national intelligence and assessments community and operates quality-assurance standards for national intelligence and assessments.
This directorate contains the National Assessments Bureau, New Zealand’s primary intelligence assessment agency.
National Cyber Policy Office
The National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO) leads the development of cyber security policy advice and provides advice to the government on investing in cyber security activities, including the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team).
The Director of the NCPO is Paul Ash.
National Risk Unit
The National Risk Unit helps the ODESC boards and those agencies that have responsibility for managing particular national risks to identify, assess and manage those risks. The unit houses the National Risk Register (NRR) as a primary tool to assist in this core purpose.
The manager of NRU is Mark Evans.