And you thought this SCIF was a little boat!

As a United States Navy Submarine Communications Technician, I spent the vast majority of my 26-year career working in and around secure facilities handling and processing classified information. When I retired, I never imagined that I would ever hear the term “SCIF” again, much less be involved in the design and construction of these specialized.. read more →

41 for Freedom

41 for Freedom With the 4th of July holiday here, just as with Veterans Day and Memorial Day, I take time to pause and reflect on my past. As a US NAVY veteran of 26 years, there is much to reflect upon. I am proud to say that I was a crew member on two.. read more →

How Bulletproof is Your Security?

When it comes to securing a facility against electronic and/or physical penetration, the benchmark that needs to be achieved is referred to by security professionals as SID, for Security in Depth. At its heart, SID refers to all of the factors that both reduce the probability of penetration, while at the same time enhancing the.. read more →

New Year, New Rules for DOD Site Protection Mandate

In February of this year, the government changed the rules for protecting structures from the potential for terrorist threats. This was an update of the original Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 4-020-01) published on July 31, 2002. The latest revision was gleaned from the lessons learned during the past decade, which included a number of design.. read more →

How SCIFs Allow Firms to Get their James Bond On

Last weekend saw the latest installment in the 007 franchise debut with the release of Skyfall. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, while the plot elements are familiar, the cast of characters has changed somewhat. For instance, Q is now played by nerdy 20-something Ben Whishaw. This is definitely not your father’s.. read more →