SCIF Articles & Tutorials by Industry Experts

The security industry is a complicated and constantly evolving series of policies, standards, systems, and technology. Federal SCIF Services Group is a coalition of security experts, each specializing in a unique area of security. This is the place where FSSG members and other experts share their knowledge to help further the security of our Nation.

Second Stage Hard Drive Destruction Academy

Written by Jiselle Zunino on . Posted in SCIF Data Destruction, Uncategorized

Hard Drive

In a world full of hi-tech hackers and valuable personal information on everyone’s computer, it’s absolutely imperative to understand secure magnetic media destruction methods. So as data destruction specialists, we feel compelled to release a few lessons from Data Destruction Academy to learn about the necessity of two step hard drive destruction process. With both our advice and machines, such as Phiston’s Mediavise; two step destruction can be effortless and uncomplicated.

The Best SCIF Shredders

Written by Whitaker Brothers on . Posted in SCIF Data Destruction

Security is imperative to SCIFs.  Strict rules dictate nearly every aspect of construction.  Inside, system networks and even phones are bound by specific rules.  Even beyond the construction, security must be continuously maintained by employees.  However, human error in the form of bad decisions or mistakes (including choosing the wrong shredder) can compromise classified information.  Though not all shredders are high security, users can still choose from a small range of different models.  Choosing an appropriate shredder is cost effective and maximizes security.  The wrong shredder can disrupt workflow and productivity, while jeopardizing secret information.  The wrong shredder could mean more than a broken shredder: it could mean wasted time and money, and worst of all, a security breach.  

UL 2050 Monitoring

Written by FiberPlus on . Posted in SCIF Standards

Underwriter’s Laboratory requires that all Secure Facilities (SCIFs) have an approved UL681 alarm system installed to Category Extent 3 and monitored by a Department of Defense approved Top Secret Cleared Central Monitoring Station before granting a UL2050 Certificate. This certificate is one of many things that are needed to get the space accredited prior to getting communications installed and before moving into the SCIF.

UL 681 Security Installations with UL2050 monitoring

Written by FiberPlus on . Posted in SCIF Standards

When designing electronic security for a SCIF facility please keep in mind the parameters set in the ICD 705 tech Specs and the Unified Facilities Criteria for the Planning, Design and Construction of SCIFs. The ICD705 Tech Specs went into effect November 2012. There are some differences from the DCID 6/9.

Unlike the DCID 6/9, you are now required to file a Fixed Facility Checklist, Construction Drawings, Security Drawings and Construction Security Management Plan to the Accrediting Official (AO) prior to the commencement of construction. These approved documents and a DD-254 need to be issued prior to construction.

The Importance of Degaussers

Written by Whitaker Brothers on . Posted in SCIF Data Destruction

For most, hard drives and magnetic media devices contain at least some sensitive or personal information that you do not want getting into the wrong hands.  If you are looking to erase information rather than simply destroy these devices, then you require a degausser.  Degaussers offer the most comprehensive and effective way of erasing data from magnetic media devices.  Instead of physically bending, warping, and destroying the hard drive itself, degaussers attack the actual information and magnetic properties.  Personal information is becoming easier and easier to steal as identity theft rises in popularity.  Protect the data stored on your laptop, desktop and network hard drives, or LTO and DLT tapes by purchasing the securest form of data destruction: a degausser.