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May 31, 2007

Physically securing sensitive facilities

The US Government specifies physical security requirements prior to the construction of facilities to house especially sensitive and valuable information assets - national secrets. Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs) need physically strong walls and doors with multiple layers of protection. A SCIF reference guide provides further details of the requirements, including aspects such as sound proofing and white noise generators (to mask sensitive conversations). The requirements may seem excessive outside the government and military/defense sectors but in fact many large commercial organizations face similar risks.