The watchtower in the NICA logo signifies the state of eternal vigilance, which the Philippines has to maintain to protect, preserve and enhance national security. The torch symbolizes a guiding light in the continuing search for knowledge or intelligence. The inscription “Kaalaman ay Kaligtasan” (Intelligence is Security) is the NICA’s official motto. The golden yellow sun with eight rays on a blue background represents the first eight Philippine provinces the revolted against Spain. The circle enclosing the logo symbolizes the intelligence cycle of direction, collection, processing and dissemination. The colors red, blue and white represent the national colors.