Critical National Infrastructure

Critical National Infrastructure can be defined as a collection of sub-industries including energy, defence, communications and water – facilities and resources networks upon which daily life depends.

Now, more than ever, the eyes of the world are trained on the energy sector and how it can adapt to both an increasingly volatile global market and ever-growing demands for greater sustainability.


Common Risks Within Critical National Infrastructure

High-value equipment

For businesses operating in the energy or defence sectors, the equipment and machinery often kept on-site will be extremely valuable and/or dangerous if accessed illegally – weaponry, vehicles, power generators, etc. These resources are vulnerable to theft, vandalism, and fire damage, all of which will cause significant financial losses to the business, in addition to an inability to trade, which will ultimately deprive citizens of essential services.

High risk of fire

The energy sector – encompassing oil and gas producers, electricity generators and energy distribution networks – is recognised as high risk of fire due to the fact that raw energy components are often highly flammable and highly combustible.


Due to the turbulent socio-political climate we find ourselves in, energy providers and distributors are particularly at risk of becoming victims of environmental terrorism or ‘eco-terrorism’. Although eco-terrorism is not always violent or destructive in nature, it is frequently highly disruptive to business operations by design.  Likewise, defence partners are vulnerable to being targeted by violent political activism and/or ideological extremism.

How the KST Group Can Help:

Access Control Systems

Access Control Systems ensure that only competent and thoroughly vetted members of staff can access the machinery on-site.


Comprehensive, evidence-based fire risk assessments are essential in proactively managing the risks inherent to operation in certain sectors, particularly in the energy sector. Effectively managing fire risk is about both protecting your staff from harm whilst at work, and protecting your equipment and the raw energy components they process from damage and/or destruction in a fire.

CCTV & Monitoring

Businesses operating in the energy or defence sectors frequently have very large estates that are predominantly green space; this makes them unsuitable for manned guarding security solutions, as they would necessitate overly complex patrol schedules. However, a comprehensive and properly positioned CCTV camera system would allow the site manager complete visibility over even a large expansive site whilst minimising blind spots/areas of low visibility.


What our Customers say

We wanted a smart-looking, contactless approach to access control here at Little Dot. We love the Openpath solution proposed by KST; it’s sleek, simple to use and has excellent reporting features. What’s more, KST’s inhouse commissioning team remotely configured the software to meet our requirements - including who goes where and when, through which doors, the reporting we need and integration to our fire alarm system. Thanks to this we have saved the cost of two days labour on install!

Greg Rochford
IT Manager - Little Dot Studios

KST has once again exceeded all expectations with their outstanding service. Safety is our number one priority for both our Post Masters and customers, therefore we are always on the lookout for new technologies and new ideas. Morphean platforms, along with the installation and maintenance provided by KST, has been the perfect decision for us due to our existing knowledge of their excellent services and competitive prices.

Mark Dinsdale
Security Programme Manager - Post Office Ltd

The mobilisation was smooth with little involvement required from ourselves. Communication, in particular, has been extremely strong with regular meetings. Monthly management information has been circulated and Clipper are using the real time management information that KST have provided with their DYMENSiON software. We also have working action plans on each site focusing on improvements and change management. All in all I would be happy to recommend KST to any company looking at contract award; our experience has been very positive and I am happy to endorse them.

John Welsh
Head of Bonded & Secure Operations - Clipper

The whole process of mobilisation and onboarding to KST was conducted in an exceptional manner, from start to finish. The preparation for the move between City Plumbing Supplies and KST was comprehensive. Collaboration was very good. The days of transfer were event free and smooth - with no major issues. The branches’ onboarding onto the KST system during the 12 weeks following the mobilisation was completed fully with excellent communication sessions conducted on a weekly basis. We are now looking forward to a long and effective partnership with KST.

Steve Kemp
Security, Audit & Loss Prevention Manager - City Plumbing Supplies

We’ve been delighted with the partnership between ISS and KST and the approach to transferring the access control contract. The teams have gelled quickly to understand our estate and we’ve seen significant service improvements.

Andy Southern
Head of Security - Santander Bank