SCIF Meaning

  • A SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility used in a range of sectors, predominantly for defense & the protection of sensitive information
  • From design to construction, every component that makes up a SCIF has been chosen for maximum security & safety from potential data leaks or unauthorized personnel
  • Workspace Technology’s SecureCube prefabricated SCIF solution guarantees unrivalled protection & security

Understanding the different types of secure buildings is essential when deciding which solution is the best for your industry and operations to ensure you get the most out of your system. Potentially the most difficult to get your head around are SCIFs, which is why Workspace Technology is here to clear it up.

What is a SCIF?

A SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility used within the defence sector, particularly for military, intelligence parlance, national security and national defence operations. It refers to a secure enclosed area or room designed specifically to process

classified, sensitive compartmented information and material. SCIFs, can be used for a number of applications including secure meeting rooms, command & control facilities and data centres, meaning they are often designed in a modular or portable format.

They are created to prevent data leakage of sensitive information by the military, government and lawmakers, meaning a secure, impenetrable design is vital. By focusing on robust design and protection, they are able to deny access to any unauthorized personnel, eliminating any risk of compromised information.

SCIFs tend to vary in size and material, but the requirements usually remain the same. They need impenetrable structural features, including doors, hinges and locks, which all must adhere to stringent industry standards to ensure complete security. Design features are also put in place to ensure total visual and acoustic security as another measure to protect sensitive information. Even down to the ductwork and ventilation of a SCIF has to be specially designed to prevent any leakage of data or information. As part of the strict security requirements, highly sensitive alarm systems and access controls need to be in place to ensure that sensitive information isn't just protected from the inside but also from the outside.

Our SecureCube SCIF Solution:

Workspace Technology's SecureCube is a highly-efficient prefabricated SCIF solution that allows you to process or communicate classified information in official capacities, such as the military and national intelligence, defense and security. However, they are also a favoured solution amongst corporate and media businesses who are looking for a way to keep sensitive information private. Due to our experience and expertise in building secure data centres for defense applications, you can trust Workspace Technology to assess any potential risks or issues when we design your solution to make sure you are fully protected.

The features and design of our SCIF systems have all been tried and tested to ensure complete security. This includes an innovative full RF Protective Tempest Shield compliant with UK, NATO and international security and performance standards. Our systems are also equipped with full acoustic protection and multi-layer integrated security for maximum defence. We also offer bespoke internal fitout services that support a wide range applications including secure meeting rooms, command & control facilties and tactical data centres to ensure your SCIF meets your exact requirements.

For more information on our range of SecureCube SCIF products and services, please call our Sales Team on 0121 354 4849 or click here to contact us.

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