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What’s the deal with U.S. Military Challenge Coins?

I have often wondered what the significance of U.S. military challenge coins was. Apparently, U.S. military challenge coins date back to World War I in helping the soldiers and troops form a sense of esprit de corps. The popularity of these coins spread during the Vietnam War as an expression of pride and camaraderie for.. read more →

Does the Pope Use a SCIF?

Vatican Security Issues Everyone has seen the popemobile, the modified Mercedes Benz SUV complete with a rear platform protected by bulletproof glass. First constructed after the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981, the vehicle is as much a status symbol as a protector of the papacy. Not only is technology being used.. read more →

SCIF Specifications

When we talk about Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, commonly called SCIFs, we are talking about a high security facility designed to secure information and communications. Whether the SCIF is a secure room within a facility or is a portable unit designed to be shipped to any part of the globe, the job is still the.. read more →

Repurposed Shipping Containers Offer a New Lease on Life

Shipping container recycling may soon be coming to a town near you. These are the same containers we use for some of our SCIFs. These tractor trailer-sized containers are used daily to move everything from toys to televisions across the ocean and across continents. While sturdy, these units have a limited life on the high.. read more →

Where Uncle Sam Shops for Security Systems

The Defense Intelligence Worldwide Trade Show Want to learn about engaging and educating the very people whose job it is to procure security systems for the various branches of the US government?  Visit the yearly (formerly known as the DoDIIS Worldwide Conference), where Uncle Sam shops for security systems. Bringing together hundreds of defense contractors, security.. read more →

The Appeal of Modular Construction for the Federal Government

Permanent Modular Construction Modular construction of federal projects such as SCIFs has a lot of appeal in Congress, since they represent a way of saving on construction costs. SCIFs are also durable structures that have a reduced impact on the environment. The term permanent modular constructions (PMC), a term used in the Appropriations Report Language,.. read more →

Listen Up – How Sound Transmission Class Ratings Relates to SCIF Security

When it comes to breaching a facility’s audio security, sometimes it doesn’t take high tech electronics. All it takes is the lowest tech of all: ears. That’s right. All the high tech security in the world does not help if a classified conversation can be heard by a covert operative standing nearby. This is why.. 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 2012, the government changed the rules for protecting structures from the potential for terrorist threats. This was an update to the original Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 4-020-01) published on July 31, 2002 regarding site protection. The latest revision was gleaned from the lessons learned during the past decade. It includes a number.. read more →

Keeping a Secret Is Hard to Do

Getting Hacked Hurts During the Cold War, spies used to use contrivances like dead drops and microdots to hide their nefarious activities. While such old school techniques are a little out of date by today’s standards, we’ve seen that it’s hard to keep secrets in the information age too. Recently publicized data security breaches and hacking.. read more →