Challenges and practical applications for closed rooms and SCIFs

UL2050 certifications can be challenging

UL2050 certifications can be challenging

Challenges and practical applications for closed rooms and SCIFs is an article from TYCO that I am sharing below in it’s entirety including the TYCO contact information.

In Utah there are only 5 UL listed Central Stations that hold the CRZH UL listing that the article refers to. Peak Alarm, L3 Communications, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, The Boeing Company and Tyco Integrated Security.

L3 Communications Web site
Tyco Official Web site
Stanley Convergent Security Solutions web site
http://www.boeing.com/

There are only two companies in Utah that hold the CRZM listing specifically to handle signals covered by the CRZH and those are Peak Alarm and Avantguard.

Avantguard Monitoring Web site

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information about UL2050, SCIF pricing and High Security systems information. http://www.peakalarm.com

www.UL.com

The accreditation of a government facility can be a challenging task. It is imperative that Federal agencies and Government contractors consider the requirements developed by the Interagency Security Committee for federally owned or leased facilities. Delays in getting a facility accredited can cost valuable resources, time and money. Even further challenges arise when facility assessments are required in order to keep up your certification and accreditation.

Consider the following three challenges and pitfalls facing Government contractors, and learn practical applications for avoiding them.

1. Contracting with an Alarm Service Provider that is not certified to meet the UL 2050 standard.

This is typically one of the most common and costly mistakes for a Facility Security Officer, or FSO, who is tasked with a tremendous amount of responsibilities in order to get a space accredited in a specified period of time. The proper certification for protecting facilities that process classified material is the National Industrial Security Systems, or CRZH listing. A security company that has CRZH certification is authorized to consult, construct, inspect, monitor and certify a Closed Room or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) within a specified radius of about a 4-hour response time, or 200 miles.

Key application points:

When contacting an Alarm Service Provider or Security Services Company for a quote, be sure that the company has UL 2050 certification, which is different from a UL certification or a provider of UL alarm systems.

If a problem with the system is uncovered during the inspection, which is performed by a certified company, the issue could require the equipment to be removed and reinstalled by a certified company.

This process can delay the project and the accreditation, and could mean costly expenses for the FSO.

A listing of National Industrial Security Systems CRZH-listed companies can be found on www.ULalarmfinder.com.

2. Failing to obtain approval from the Cognizant Security Office and Cognizant Security Agency, or CSO/CSA, on an Intrusion Detection or Access Control system design prior to installation.

This process is a requirement in DCID 6/9 Annex B 3.1.6 and the NSIPOM section 5-901. By obtaining approval prior to installation, you can potentially avoid additional costs and time delays associated with changing the design and/or parts of the system after installation.

Key application points:

Obtain approval from the CSO/CSA for an Intrusion Detection or Access Control system prior to installation.
Since the Defense Security Service (DSS) requires a copy of the alarm company’s CRZH compliance certificate, obtain this early on in the project.
3. Utilizing the Intrusion Detection or Access Control systems for areas other than the accredited space.

Secure spaces are required not to be left with communication that is not 128 bit encrypted. Because of limitations with the hardware that most security companies use, it prevents the connection of hardware outside of the secure space.

Key application points:

Choose a company that is UL 2050 certified and familiar with the government standard so that the project is properly installed. If a technical evaluation is performed and improper wiring was installed, facility operations could be shut down until the problem is corrected, causing project delays and costs.
If there is cause for concern that an existing system is in violation, contact your provider for an examination. If the systems are connected and the communication is not encrypted, the problem should be resolved as quickly as possible in order to stay in compliance. A proactive Facility Service Officer will stay on top of possible system violations quickly.
For more information on how Tyco Integrated Security can help your agency with integrated security solutions for Closed Rooms and SCIFs, call 1.888.721.6612.

Tyco article on SCIF challenges

Utah UL Central Stations

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

There are different UL listings in different categories so when you decide on a Central Station and installation and service company make sure they have the certifications in the different areas that you will need for your specific projects such as High Security, Fire Alarm, UL installation and such. Just because the Central Station has one UL certification does not mean they are qualified in the other areas that you may need.

The official UL web site

UL listings for local Central Stations in UTAH

There are only 4 local UUFX listed companies in Utah for monitoring fire alarm as of 5/27/16

1. Avantguard (S3955) Avantguard web site
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044)
4. This company requested that I take their information off my blog but you can go to UL.com to find all UL listed Central stations in utah

The LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints only monitors their own facilities.

There are only 5 local CRZH listed central stations in Utah for monitoring high security industrial facilities such as SCIFs as of 5/27/16 ( NISPOM, DOD 5520.22-M, DOD 5100.76-M, JFAN 6/9 and ICD/ICS 705-1) This certificate is for Installation, Testing, Service and Maintenance as well as Monitoring.

1. Peak Alarm (BP20762)
2. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) L3 Communications West web site
3. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295)Stanley Convergent Security Solutions Web site
4. The Boeing Company (BP6569) The boeing Company web site
5. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) The TYCO company web site

L3 Communications monitors the secure facilities associated with their facilities.
There is only 3 local CPVX listed central station in Utah for UL Central Station Burglar Alarm Systems monitoring.

1. Peak Alarm (BP2433)
2. Stanley Convergent (BP2072)
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP34)

There is only 3 local CVSG listed central stations in Utah for Mercantile Burglar Alarm Systems. Safe, Vault, ATM or Night Depository.

1. Peak Alarm (BP8607-1)
2. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP8367)
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP8617)

There are only two CRZM local listed central stations in Utah . This certificate is for Central Stations that have personnel trained and on duty to specifically handle signals covered under the CRZH listing that is above so the system is installed properly and then monitored by a certified company. It is best when the company has both certificates.

1. Avantguard (BP10390) *
2. Peak Alarm ( BP20783)

UL updates their records on an ongoing basis so be sure to verify on their web site. This information was as of 5/27/16. On the UL site go to online certifications directory at the bottom to find the companies in an area or state that hold certifications. All of this information is public record on the UL.com site. When you find any errors on this blog please inform Larry@peakalarm.com and he will correct those errors after verification of the correct information.

*Mountain Alarm/FPS Mountain Alarm web site sold Avantguard a while back although they still use Avantguard as their Central Station and apparently there is still a relationship between the companies as far as ownership goes. Mountain Alarm is the security side of the business and FPS is Fire Protection Services which does fire alarm etc…

There are about 200 Central Stations in the US that are both UL and 5 Diamond Certified and Peak ALarm is one of those. The CSAA 5 Diamond certification indicates that all of our Central Station dispatchers/employees are highly trained to react calmly and appropriately to high stress situations.

It is best to look up the complaints on the Better Business Bureau The official Better Business Bureau web site

From the information that we have about the UL listed Central Stations in this document the LDS Church does not monitor accounts as a business nor does L3 Communications West or Boeing so those Central Stations hold the proper listings in order to meet the criteria and provide services within their realm so you can’t call them up and have them monitor your security or fire alarm accounts. UL listed Central Stations out of State can be used although some Fire Marshals request that a local Central Station be used in certain cases. Often insurance companies and other requirements are in play so they want a local central station to do the monitoring and provide the installation and service when needed.

Peak Alarm is the only company that currently holds all 5 of the above UL Certifications in Utah

Peak Alarm also has a full Guard and Patrol division as well as armed or unarmed guards. Peak Alarm has been in business since 1969.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com for more information on this blog or for pricing for monitoring, Security, Fire Alarm, UL2050 installations, access control or camera systems.

CSAA 5 diamond information