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?
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
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 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 The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) issued and quickly rescinded a memo late last year that all future SCIFs would be required to have approved Radio Frequency (RF) shielding.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