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?
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
Don’t let complacency put your facility’s security in jeopardy When people first start off in the security world, the standards they’re held to are fresh. They’re newly trained on them, bringing them to the forefront of their minds, and they make a point to follow procedures to the letter, whether out of a desire to impress or a fear of making mistakes. However, as they get more comfortable … [Read more...] about How to Get Your Employees to Comply with Tedious Security Policies
An overview of operations security and how to make sure your facility is using OPSEC best practices Your facility’s operations security (OPSEC) is the core of keeping the assets you protect safe. Operations could refer to what your company does, their mission or the way they process or store information. For cleared facilities, this is especially important, since bad OPSEC doesn’t only put your … [Read more...] about How to Improve Your Facility’s OPSEC
What does the Tech Spec say about building a perimeter wall for a SCIF or SAPF? The perimeter walls of a secure facility are a key part of the physical, acoustic and TEMPEST protections, and the ICD 705 Technical Specifications, or Tech Spec, lay out the requirements for building these walls. The Tech Spec also includes three suggested wall types for meeting different levels of STC rating or … [Read more...] about An Overview of ICD 705 Wall Requirements
Meeting the 32 CFR Foreign Travel Reporting Requirements All employees holding a Personnel Clearance (PCL) must report any foreign travel to their Facility Security Officers (FSOs) as of Aug. 24, 2022. This is part of the change from the old National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) to the 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM that occurred in February 2021. With this new requirement, … [Read more...] about How Do You Report Foreign Travel?
Secure your business by evaluating physical security threats with a risk assessment Without even realizing it, most people assess risk in their everyday lives. This looks like anything from deciding which route to take to work, to choosing to leave your front door unlocked while you walk around your neighborhood. However, if you own a business, you have probably put a little more thought … [Read more...] about Using Risk and Vulnerability Assessments to Increase Physical Security