New physical security standards released for federal buildings

Almost 15 years after the April 19, 1995, bombing attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the DHS-led Interagency Security Committee has released new standards for protection of federal buildings. The Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities "establishes a baseline set of physical security measures to be applied to all federal facilities and provides a framework for the customization of security measures to address unique risks at a facility. These baseline measures provide comprehensive solutions in all five areas of physical security, including site, structural, facility entrance, interior, security systems, and security operations and administration."

The standards are available only to government officials and for official use only. To request access, you will need to send an e-mail to ISC@DHS.gov with your full name and contact information including e-mail, the name of your agency, and the reason you need access.

In 2009, the Interagency Security Committee released Use of Physical Security Performance Measures (PDF download, 631 KB). The document "provides guidance on how to establish and implement a comprehensive measurement and testing program," and follows an Interagency Security Committee policy which "requires all federal agencies to assess and document the effectiveness of their physical security programs through performance measurement and testing."

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