A SCIF Room (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) is a building that is utilized by the United States Government or Military where classified information can be shared and discussed. The purpose of these rooms is to prevent the interception of information and data, both physically and electronically. The most well-known SCIF is the famous “Situation Room” in the White House. SCIFs must have government accreditation in order to officially have sensitive compartmented information stored, processed, or discussed within it. In order for the government to officially classify a SCIF as a SCIF, it must comply with a strict set of specifications. Afterwards, each SCIF room shall be inspected and evaluated by on-site personnel for “threats, vulnerabilities, and assets to determine the most efficient countermeasure required for physical and technical security.” To meet the stringent specifications, SCIFs are split into four different categories: Temporary SCIF buildings (also includes airborne and shipboard SCIFs), fixed facility SCIF buildings, SCIFs outside the United States under Chief of Mission Authority, and SCIFs outside the US not under Chief of Mission Authority. SCIF specifications are outlined in the 161-page document,
“Technical Specification for Construction and Management of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities” from the National Counterintelligence Executive.