An overview of container SCIFs and in what scenarios they’re useful A container SCIF, often called a SCIF in a box, is a facility built inside a shipping container. They are able to function the same as traditionally built SCIFs, though the smaller space means they’re more limited in what can be done inside the SCIF. They are small facilities that are deployable in situations where space is … [Read more...] about What is a SCIF in a Box?
Keep your company and facility ready to respond to any possible emergencies Whether it’s the earthquake drill often practiced in elementary schools or the blaring fire alarms alerting an office to head outside, Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) play a significant role in all areas of life and work. And while they might feel tedious or monotonous at times, that is for good reason. Some of the … [Read more...] about Best Practices to Maintain and Enact an Emergency Action Plan
What should you do with classified information during an emergency? For any company that holds a Facility Clearance (FCL) and is thus approved to access classified information, having a Facility Security Officer (FSO) who knows how to protect that material during emergencies is essential. Companies that hold or store classified information are known as possessing facilities. All are required to … [Read more...] about Protecting Classified Information During Emergencies at Your Cleared Facility
Which documents you need for your accreditation package and best practices An issue with your accreditation package could potentially lead to major delays in getting your SCIF or SAPF operational. Avoid tripping at the accreditation “finish line” by making sure you know exactly what you need to provide your Accrediting Official (AO). The Site Security Manager (SSM) will be the primary person … [Read more...] about An Overview of the SCIF Accreditation Package
An overview of when FCLs and PCLs need to be upgraded, and how the process works For both Personnel Clearances (PCLs) and Facility Clearances (FCLs), there are times where a clearance needs to be upgraded to respond to changing needs of a contract or mission. When you need a clearance upgrade, you don’t want to risk extending that process any longer than it needs to be. Understanding the … [Read more...] about The Process of Upgrading Your Facility or Personnel Clearance Level
When and why do you need a Temporary Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility? T-SCIFs, or Temporary Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, are a type of facility deployed when a regular SCIF can’t meet the needs of a mission or program. They are not a way around having to follow the strict requirements for a SCIF found in the ICD 705 Technical Specifications, or Tech Spec, but … [Read more...] about The Benefits of a T-SCIF
An overview of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence and what it means for your cleared facility Because of the nature of national security, businesses seeking a clearance who have some level of Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) must report it to the government. In most circumstances, this will mean you are required to have some level of mitigation to ensure the data you’re … [Read more...] about What is FOCI in security?
How these two forms relate to your FCL, plus common mistakes in filling them out Both the DD 441 and SF 328 are important forms for obtaining your Facility Clearance (FCL). On their face, they’re short and straightforward documents that you should be able to fill out with relative ease. However, that doesn’t mean they can be written off as something that you don’t need to pay attention to. … [Read more...] about An Overview of The DD 441 and SF 328
Why the change is happening, what will be different, and how to get your NBIS login credentials The DCSA announced that the industry would be transitioning from the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system in early 2022, and at the time said this transition would begin on April 1 of that year. Currently, the NBIS rollout has … [Read more...] about What We Know so Far About the DISS to NBIS Transition