How Does Architecture Affect Cybersecurity?


The real-world implications of cybersecurity threats can affect everything from the integrity of cities’ industrial framework like transportation and utilities, to the security of corporations’ intellectual property and trade secrets, to even the protection of each individual consumer’s personal data.

While these may seem like digital problems needing virtual solutions, there is an increasingly important role for physical architectural design in the conversation. Cybersecurity firms and tech firms serving government entities are consistently approaching us in need of an accredited Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

Barbara Price, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB recently wrote an in-depth whitepaper examining this important question of SCIF design and cybersecurity. As one of our firm’s Special Project Directors and a design expert, Price is uniquely qualified on the subject with a degree from the U.S. Army War College and hundreds of Federal Government Institution projects (for which she has federal security clearance) in her resume over the past 40 years. She is a recognized leader and innovator in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management industry.

If you haven’t read our white paper yet, you can learn more about this critical cybersecurity design approach, here.

thumbnail image: SCIF Physical Design for the Cybersecurity Era Whitepaper
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