Publisert: 23.04.2014 | Sist endret: 03.06.2019

The Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) is a cross-sectoral professional and supervisory authority within the protective security services in Norway.

The purpose of protective security is to counter threats to the independence and security of the realm and other vital national security interests, primarily espionage, sabotage or acts of terrorism. Protective security measures shall not be more intrusive than strictly necessary, and shall serve to promote a robust and safe society.

The directorate was established 1 Jan 2003 and reports to Ministry of Justice and Public Security (civ. sector) and Ministry of Defence (mil. sector).

Tasks of NSM – legal/political fundament

  • Security Act
  • Defence Secrets Act
  • Defence Inventions Act
  • Arrangement on certification of information systems and products (SERTIT)
  • Coordinating role in preventative work and responses against IT security breaches aimed at vital infrastructure in Norway. (NorCERT)

Tasks of NSM – Security Act

  • Gathering and analysing of information relevant for protective security services
  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Oversight and inspections
  • Information assurance
  • Development of security measures (R&D when needed)
  • National and international cooperation
  • Monitoring of information systems
  • Technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM)
  • Production and accounting of CRYPTO-material
  • Central personnel and facility security clearance registry
  • Body of appeal when security clearance is denied