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Skandinavian Security Directorate

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Security Directorate
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Agency overview
Formed 1955
Jurisdiction Skandinavia
Headquarters Christiania, Skandinavia
Employees About 1,150
Agency executive
  • Olaf Günnarson, Director
Parent agency Forsvarsdepartementet
Child agencies
  • UnCERT (Union Computer Emergency Response Team)
  • SERTIT (Certification Authority for IT Security in Kalmar Union)

Sikkerhetsdirektorat SDK (Security Directorate) is a Skandinavian intelligence agency at the level of government agency (Direktorat) established on 1 January 1955 as the successor to fromer intelligence agencies. It is responsible for proactive national security, identifying national objects of special interest (for example the national oil company Statoil) and reducing their vulnerability to internal and external threats. The agency performs threat analysis on physical objects of national interest, and is also known to work with experts on computer security and data encryption. The cooperation with the Kongelige Gendarmeri and the Forsvarets Etterretningstjeneste has been identified as a very important part of the task of maintaining an overview of potential threats to objects, and instituting proactive activities.

SDK also cooperates with the Direktorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DCP&EP), intended to prevent loss of life and maintain health, environment, important society functions, and material assets in connection with accidents, catastrophes, terrorism and other unwanted events in peace, crisis and war.


  • 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 Kalmar Union. (UnCERT)
  • Currently developping the Union Computer Network Defence (UCND) strategy
  • 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 Security Counter Measures (TSCM)
  • Production and accounting of CRYPTO-material
  • Central Personnel and Facility Security Clearance Registry
  • Body of Appeal when Security Clearance is denied


SDK is organized into five departments and a secretariat.

Department for Culture of Security

  • Personnel Security
  • Security clearance
  • Safety culture


  • Online Security
  • ICT threat
  • Proximity Warning System for Digital Infrastructure
  • Event Management (ICT-events)
  • Operations (ICT events)

Department of Communications and System Security

  • Cryptosystem
  • National manager of kryptomateriell
  • Protection of compromising electromagnetic radiation (TEMPEST)
  • Technical safety surveys
  • Physical protection
  • System
  • Certification, including SERTIT
  • Network Security
  • Intrusion Testing
  • Application Security
  • Document Security
  • Server and Client Safety

Department of Security Management

  • Planning and implementation of supervision
  • Security Authentication Information
  • Security Classified procurement
  • Control of the defense important inventions
  • Airborne Sensor Systems
  • National Emergency
  • Assessment of safety conditions
  • Valuation (What is worthy of screening information)
  • Object Security
  • The Secretariat of the Coordinating Committee for the prevention information (CIS)


  • IT Operations
  • Salaries
  • Accounting
  • Purchasing
  • Archive
  • Reception
  • Personnel
  • Economy and business management and control
  • Conference management

Management Secretariat

  • Legal
  • Security Management
  • Communication and Public Relations
  • Strategy and Policy