The RND's foreign interference work involves identifying and investigating clandestine work directed against Abeldane interests by foreign micronations/countries or their representatives.
Abelden’s interests are vulnerable to a range of covert activities. Intelligence officers from foreign countries pursue objectives which may be detrimental to the well-being of Abelden and its citizens. Foreign intelligence organisations also target Abeldane interests elsewhere in the world. Countering threats from espionage and foreign interference remains one of the tasks of the RND.
Tackling the foreign interference threat involves two distinct areas of work. The first is conducting investigations, to understand which foreign intelligence agencies are attempting to operate within Abelden in a clandestine way. The second is to ensure that our key institutions are protected from harm.
Countering terrorism and violent extremism is an important part of the security intelligence work of the RND.
There are individuals and groups in Abelden that are committed to acts of terrorism, violence and intimidation. These are extremists who advocate using violence to impose their own political, ethnic or religious viewpoint on others. It is important to note that terrorism can occur at the extremes of any ideology, cause or belief system. As such, RND may investigate any individual, group or entity that advocates violence in support of an ideology.
The RND collects intelligence related to possible terrorist activity and, through its links and cooperation with other security and intelligence organisations worldwide, monitors as closely as possible the movements and activities of known terrorists and terrorist groups around the world. RND uses this information to inform the Abeldane Government and domestic partner agencies such as the National Signals Directorate, and overseas partners, to enable mitigation of terrorism risks and to protect the public.
In addition to our intelligence functions, the RND has a legislative responsibility to provide protective security services, advice and assistance.
The RND provides the Protective Security Requirements (PSR) framework, which increases awareness of insider threats, and also lifts the overall security culture and capability across government. Security clearance vetting is another important function for the RND.
The RND works with the NSD to ensure the AIC's protective security measures are an exemplar of both national and international standards. These efforts ensure Abelden's most sensitive information, facilities, and assets are adequately protected.
Access to highly classified information comes with a significant degree of responsibility and trust. Misuse, mishandling, or the unauthorised disclosure of classified information could have major consequences for the Government, international partners, and the work of the RND.
It is Government policy that all employees who have access to material with a national security classification must have a security clearance. To determine a person’s suitability for a security clearance, they must be vetted. The vetting activity is graduated according to the level of security clearance to be obtained. The more sensitive the material to be handled, the more detailed the vetting.
The RND vets candidates when requested to do so by the employing department. Vetting is undertaken with the knowledge and co-operation of the person concerned, and involves enquiries being made to establish their trustworthiness, loyalty and discretion.