An overview of the role project managers, site superintendents and SSMs play in site security How do you know your building site is secure? Especially when you’re constructing a secure facility that’s housing classified or top-secret information, it’s extremely important to have the right experts in charge to ensure you meet all the necessary safety and accreditation criteria and avoid the … [Read more...] about Who’s in Charge of Site Security?
An Adamo security expert explains what the DIA RF memo says about how we’re handling TEMPEST concerns by Phil Chance In November 2022—seemingly out of the blue—the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) issued a memo declaring all SCIFS, whether currently accredited or not, and all future SCIFS will be required to have approved Radio Frequency (RF) shielding on all floors, ceilings, walls, … [Read more...] about A Shift Is Coming in the TEMPEST World
As RF requirements for SCIFs become standard, what does it take to add protection? The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) issued and quickly rescinded a memo late last year that all future SCIFs would be required to have approved Radio Frequency (RF) shielding. However, they recommended that all future SCIFs consider RF shielding for any new SCIF construction as a “future cost-saving measure.” … [Read more...] about How Do You Renovate a SCIF to Add RF Shielding?
What makes the spin-dial lock for SCIFs different from commercial locks? When constructing a SCIF or SAPF, layers of security are incredibly important for the facility’s Security in Depth (SID). One of the most crucial layers is the primary entrance door, since it is the first defense against unauthorized people trying to breach the facility. Because of this, the standards for the door hardware … [Read more...] about An Overview of ICD 705-Approved Locking Hardware for SCIF and SAPF
An overview of Technical Surveillance Countermeasure testing and its role in SCIF and SAPF security A Technical Surveillance Countermeasure (TSCM) is a sweep through a secure facility searching for bugs or other types of electronic surveillance. This is a highly specialized test that many SCIF and SAPFs don’t require, but for those that do, the team performing the sweep needs to be highly … [Read more...] about What is TSCM Testing?
Why radio frequency shielding is an increasingly important part of SCIF and SAPF security Unintentional emanations have been a security concern since WWII, but in an increasingly technologically dependent and online world, that concern has multiplied. Radio Frequency (RF) shielding is being included in more SCIF and SAPF construction projects to keep adversaries from taking advantage of signals … [Read more...] about An Overview of RF Concerns for SCIFs and SAPFs
High security has a lot of acronyms to keep straight; here are some of the most important to know If there’s one thing the government loves, it’s acronyms. If you work in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) or Special Access Program Facility (SAPF) construction space in any capacity, the odds are you hear a lot of acronyms being thrown around on a daily basis. Here’s a guide … [Read more...] about An Acronym Guide for SCIFs and SAPF Construction
What does the Tech Spec say about penetrations in SCIFs and SAPFs? Whenever cables, plumbing, vents or other utilities need to enter or leave a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, a vulnerability is created. These penetrations create both an acoustic and TEMPEST concern because without the proper protections in place, sound or unintentional emanations can leave the facility … [Read more...] about An Overview of ICD 705 Penetrations Requirements
How to know if outsourced Site Security Manager support is right for your project The Site Security Manager (SSM) is a central role to the completion of a SCIF or SAPF project. While the role does need to be filled by someone in-house, you can outsource SSM support services, which can help take over some of the SSM’s major responsibilities and offer guidance and expertise in other areas. So in … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing SSM Responsibilities