1 January 2005
with change 25 October 2006
seCURe COMPARtMenteD InFORMAtIOn FACILItIes
This space is used for electronic intelligence training activities and operations.
There is no standard design for a SCIF. The project documents will provide
the SCIF space authorization; the designer will need to work with the Using Service, AR
Installation and Tenants to determine what specific spaces and areas are required within
that authorization. They will also help define the furnishings, equipment, and
mechanical/electrical/communications systems for the SCIF.
The governing criteria for SCIF design and construction is \ Director of
Central Intelligence Directive (DCID) 6/9 "Physical Security Standards for Sensitive
Compartmented Information Facilities." /2/ The manual defines several SCIF categories,
and provides design and construction guidance for each. The designer will also find
helpful guidance with communications security issues in two volumes from the Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA) Worldwide SCIF Security Officer (SSO) Conference ask the
SSO for the SCIF for copies.
The SCIF is a secure facility; access to the SCIF must be controlled and
monitored, and communications within, to and from the SCIF must be secure from
threat of interception.
There will be security vestibule with CCTV monitoring, most likely with an
electronic latch release. Entry into the SCIF will be controlled by the SSO or a designee.
If necessary, a separate exit (or exits if two are required) can be provided to satisfy life
safety/exiting requirements. The AR security personnel will want any such exits to
include an audible alarm, and possibly a short delay, for security reasons. No hardware
should be provided on the exterior side of such exit doors.
There are STC rating requirements, door and wall construction requirements,
and requirements affecting all mechanical, electrical, and voice data penetrations of the
SCIF. Penetrations are to be minimized. No HVAC ductwork not serving the SCIF can
run through its ceiling space. Secure telephone instruments and fax machines are
required in the SCIF.
Although windows are not absolutely forbidden by the DCID, the Tenants
typically do not want any windows. This might be an area for the core of the building, but
remember that no exit path can run through (into and then out of) a SCIF.
Design of the SCIF will include provisions for power, conduit and cable for IDS