SAPF vs SCIF by Workspace Technology

  • What Are SAPFs And SCIFs, And What Are They Used For?
  • What Are The Differences Between SAPFs And SCIFs?
  • Workspace Technology’s Range of High-Security Facilities

What Are SAPFs And SCIFs?

Special Access Program Facilities (SAPFs) and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs), also known as Situation Rooms, are two types of high-security facilities used to store and protect data. SAPFs and SCIFs are also used to discuss and communicate confidential data and intelligence, meaning there are a number of acoustic and security measures that need to be in place.

What Are They Used For, And What Types Of Organisations Use Them?

Both Special Access Program Facilities (SAPFs) and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs) are predominantly used for the storage of sensitive, private data that requires a more secure, controlled environment. They are typically used within the defence sector for military or government operations.

What Are The Differences Between SAPFs And SCIFs?

Whilst the terms SAPF and SCIF are often used interchangeably, the major difference between the two is what they are used for. Special Access Program Facilities (SAPFs) are mainly used by the Department of Defence, including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, as a storage space for special access programs. In contrast, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs) are more commonly used by government intelligence communities, such as national security, MI5, and in the USA, the FBI and CIA, to communicate & store sensitive information. Previously, SAPFs and SCIFs were built to different construction standards, but now they are built to the same specifications.

Workspace Technology's Range of High-Security Facilities:

At Workspace Technology, we design and manufacture a range of SecureCube Prefabricated Secure Buildings to support SCIF, Data Centre and Operations & Control Centre applications. Our high-security ‘SecureCube’ range of products have been specially designed for the storage, processing or communication of classified information in a range of official capacities. This includes the government, military and lawmakers, but also corporate and media companies who wish to keep certain sensitive information private and protected.

The SecureCube product range includes the design and build of bespoke portable and modular SCIFs and secure Data Centre buildings. Our solutions have integrated security with a range of Intruder Detection Systems (IDS) and Access Control Systems (ACS), full acoustic protection, RF screening and a NPSA Certified Attack Resistant Perimeter Shell to ensure optimum safety and eliminate the risk of sensitive data or information leaks. They are also application ready, meaning they are fully equipped with internal finishes, power, data and AV infrastructure, acoustic/secure equipment racks and furniture and storage to support effective, secure data communication, storage and processing.

From the planning of your secure building to the construction and management, Workspace Technology offers an unmatched service backed by industry experts and technical specialists. With years of experience designing and building secure data centres for defence applications, you can trust our expertise in assessing physical security and leak risks, as well as in providing secure environments that comply with government accreditation standards.

For more information on our range of Prefabricated ‘SecureCube’ Prefabricated SCIF’s and Data Centre Solutions, please call our expert Sales Team on 0121 354 4849 or click here to contact us at Workspace Technology.

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