The Danish Defence Intelligence Service is Denmark’s foreign and military intelligence service, national ICT security authority and responsible authority for military security.
Tasks of the Danish Defence Intelligence Service
The Danish Defence Intelligence Service (DDIS) has three primary areas of responsibility: the DDIS is Denmark’s foreign and military intelligence service, Denmark’s national information and communications technology (ICT) security authority, and the responsible authority for military security. The DDIS is under the authority of the Danish Ministry of Defence.
The DDIS collects, analyses and disseminates information concerning developments abroad affecting Denmark’s security and Danish interests. Through its intelligence activities, the DDIS provides timely intelligence products, assessments and advice to guide decisions on Denmark’s foreign-, securiy-, and defence policy and aims to prevent and counter threats to Denmark’s national security and Danish interests. To this end, the service uses its special capabilities to conduct for instance physical intelligence (HUMINT) and electronic intelligence (SIGINT) collection abroad.
Centre for Cyber Security
Established in 2012, the Centre for Cyber Security (CFCS) is a sector in the DDIS. The CFCS is Denmark’s national information and communications technology (ICT) security authority. The purpose of the centre is to contribute to the protection of Denmark against cyber threats. The primary tasks of the CFCS are to detect, notify of and counter cyber attacks against Denmark’s national security and Danish interests. Also, as the national ICT authority, the CFCS issues security clearances and enforces rules within the ICT field.
Military Security Department
The Military Security Department is responsible for protecting the Danish Armed Forces against espionage, sabotage, terrorism and other forms of criminal activities. The DDIS is in charge of military security and functions as national security authority on behalf of institutions falling under the Ministry of Defence.
Supervision of the DDIS
The Ministry of Defence issues policy guidelines for and supervises the activities of the DDIS.
The Danish Intelligence Oversight Board is an independent body which oversees that the DDIS activities are in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Defence Intelligence Service Act on the handling of personal data about Danish citizens and physical and legal persons residing in Denmark.
In addition, the Danish Parliament, Folketinget, has set up a special Intelligence Services Committee to supervise the activities of the Danish intelligence services, including the DDIS. The committee consists of representatives of the five largest political parties in Folketinget.
To learn more about the DDIS, click on the website links to the right for more information.
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