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SCIF vs. SAPF

By: Colene King

 

SCIF and SAPF high security facilities appear identical and are used for the same function: to store, utilize, and discuss sensitive information. Their delineation occurs in their intended user.

 

 

When it comes to the construction of new SCIFs and SAPFs, there are strict guidelines that must be followed. These guidelines are laid out in the ICD 705 Technical Specifications (Tech Spec, for short). The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) establishes the guidelines & standards set forth in the ICD 705. ODNI is responsible for the management, processing, and safeguarding of information for the United States.

 

Some of the construction items covered in the ICD 705 include:

  • Physical Security and Hardening
  • Acoustic Controls
  • Visual Controls
  • Alarms and Access Control
  • Electronic and TEMPEST Security

Prior to the roll out of the ICD 705 (2010), SCIFs and SAPFs were built with different standards and processes. When the Tech Spec came out, it created a set of mutually accepted standards to ensure the safeguarding of national security.

 

In 2004, the Department of Defense began using their own set of standards and processes for SAPFs to protect national security. The DoD followed the guidelines of a document titled JAFAN 6/9.

 

The intelligence community, on the other hand, had a different set of standards prior to the ICD 705 being released. Beyond that, each agency within the intelligence community followed their own set of standards when it came to classified information. This made it nearly impossible to repurpose a SCIF to be used by another agency. The facility would need to undergo a significant renovation to become usable by the new agency.

 

When the ICD 705 was created in 2010, each agency in the intelligence community adopted these standards. The adoption of uniform standards within the ICD 705 allowed SCIFs to be easily repurposed between agencies.

 

However, the DoD was a later adopter; it took six years for this organization to implement the Tech Specs. In 2016, the Department of Defense integrated ICD 705 into their own 5205.7 manual. This created more reciprocity between the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.

 

SCIFs and SAPFs are now both built to the same standards, however, some procedural standards for facility accreditation don’t align. Each facility appoints an Accrediting Official; this delegate is responsible for accrediting the space and entering the facility’s information into the national repository.

 

Although SCIFs and SAPFs aren’t identical, they are more reciprocal now than they’ve ever been. Whether you are looking for a SCIF or a SAPF, KL Security is here to help you along the way. You can trust us to stay current will any and all construction standards required to safeguard sensitive information.

 

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Cannabis Facility Security Requirements for Vermont

By: Colene King


It looks like 2022 is the year Vermont may finally see the first legal sale of adult use marijuana. In 2018, the state legalized the use of marijuana for adults, but it wasn’t until 2020 that they decided to legalize the sale of it.

 

The windows to apply for operator licenses are opening up over the next several months: starting with small cultivation licenses on April 1st and ending with retail licenses opening September 1st. Existing medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to commence adult-use sales beginning May 1, while other retailers must wait until October. (Staff, 2022)

 

See chart for application opening dates for each type of operator:

 

All license types may apply for pre-qualification beginning on March 16th. This pre-qualification is not required for full licensure. The Cannabis Control Board is offering pre-qualification in an effort to streamline the process and to foreshadow market structure.

 

Contrary to other states, Vermont is placing a larger priority on small cannabis growers. Their hopes are to pull the underground operators out of the woodwork and integrate these illegal growers into the legal cannabis market. There are concerns that these smaller operations may not be able produce enough product to meet demands at the launch of legal sales, but the Cannabis Control Board is optimistic.

 

The Cannabis Control Board, which consists of three members, was appointed in March of 2021 with the purpose of developing regulations for Vermont’s cannabis market. The regulations regarding security measures required for each type of cannabis operation are outlined below.

 

Security Regulations for Outdoor and Mixed Cultivators:

  1. Fencing
    • Sufficient to prevent unauthorized entry
  2. Alarm system
  3. Video and photographic surveillance
    • Footage must be retained for a minimum of 30 days
    • Accurate date and time stamps on images, without obstructing images
    • Able to produce usable images in the existing lighting conditions
    • Allows for clear and certain identification of all persons or activities
    • Resolution of 1080p or great
    • Exportable and transferable to standard computing equipment
  4. Motion activated flood light
  5. Security services
    • Must be operating for no less than the three-week period preceding harvest

 

Security Regulations for Indoor and Mixed Cultivators, Manufacturers, and Wholesalers:

  1. All perimeter doors and windows must be locked
    • Only individuals with Cannabis Establishment ID card may have keys or a key equivalent
    • All perimeter doors and windows must have operational security alarms
  2. Video surveillance with continue monitoring of any space containing cannabis
    • Footage must be retained for a minimum of 30 days
    • Accurate date and time stamps on images, without obstructing images
    • Able to produce usable images in the existing lighting conditions
    • Allows for clear and certain identification of all persons or activities
    • Resolution of 1080p or great
    • Exportable and transferable to standard computing equipment

 

Security Regulations for Retailers

Retailers must meet all requirements listed above for indoor and mixed cultivators, manufacturers, and wholesalers, along with the following additional requirements:

 

  1. Alarm system
    • Standard commercial-grade alarm system
    • Installed by an expert alarm system company
  2. Video surveillance
    • Must include point-of-sales areas, entrances, exits, and any area containing cannabis
    • Video footage must be retained for at least 90 days
  3. Strict access controls to areas where Cannabis and Cannabis Product is stored or handled
  4. Employees must wear identification badges while on duty
  5. Information related to the facility security must be maintained onsite and readily accessible and make them available for inspection by the Board, if requested.

 

Though these regulations don’t specifically require anything for the storage of marijuana, we strongly encourage you to invest in a vault to protect your product as well as your cash. With sales being mostly cash based and a product that is of high value, cannabis operators become a huge target for robberies.

 

ArmorStor™ Modular Vaults & Doors

For new construction & retrofit of existing buildings. Our modular vaults offer the highest UL Security rating available at a fraction of the cost of poured concrete vaults

 

Another option to consider would be a cash management system. Whether you are concerned about cash shrinkage, inefficient cash handling or upgrading your cash-management plans, a commercial or retail cash management solution is best for you. Our smart safes offer bill validating, cash currency counting, cash management and cash recycling.

 

Smart Cash Management

Enabling retailers to gain efficiencies, reduce loss, and optimize in-store labor. All with the ability to integrate existing POS systems and video surveillance for end-to-end security.

 

Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board estimates that spending on recreational marijuana in Vermont could reach $225 million annually by 2025, which would translate to nearly $46 million in new state taxes. (Goldstein, 2021) If the Green Mountain State produces marijuana half as good as their maple syrup, Vermonters are in for a real treat.

 

Now is the opportune time to get your security plan together. Let us help you. KL Security focuses on facility security – vaults, cages, camera systems, cash management safes, high security safes, etc. 

 

Sources:

https://mjbizdaily.com/small-marijuana-cultivators-could-cause-supply-issues-in-vermont-adult-use-market/#:~:text=Vermont%20estimates%20the%20state’s%20new,in%20annual%20sales%20by%202024.&text=Recreational%20sales%20are%20expected%20to,online%20on%20or%20before%20October.

https://mjbizdaily.com/more-than-two-dozen-vermont-towns-to-allow-adult-use-marijuana-stores/

https://ccb.vermont.gov/sites/ccb/files/2021-11/Proposed%20Rule%202%20-%20Regulation%20of%20Cannabis%20Establishments.pdf

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2021/10/19/vermont-gears-up-for-a-225-million-marijuana-market

KL Security Partnering With Adamo For All Your SCIF Needs

By: Colene King


 

It’s always refreshing to find a company that shares the same values as your own: a company that has a customer-focused culture and pays attention to exactly what the customer has in mind. KL Security is excited to announce that we have recently partnered with Adamo, a customer-focused company that is one of the world’s leading experts in advancing the security and the construction of SCIFs.

 

Adamo began in 1962 as a design and build general contractor. By 1982, they began designing and constructing classified spaces. By the 1990s, Adamo was focusing on the high-end security market. Adamo has designed and built more than 600 projects within their 60+ years of operation. Within each project, Adamo consistently strives for excellence and meets accreditation requirements.

 

The term “SCIF” stands for:

Sensitive

Compartmented

Information

Facilities

 

SCIFs are used as a site for sensitive and confidential information to be discussed or shared. They are utilized by government and private entities to protect information. A SCIF could be a secure room or data center that shields against electronic surveillance and prevents data leakage of sensitive information.

 

There are several security concerns that need to be addressed when building a SCIF:

 

– Physical Security and Hardening

– Acoustic Controls

– Visual Controls

– Alarms and Access Controls

– Electronic and TEMPEST Security

 

Each SCIF has to be built to very specific standards. These standards are all laid out in the ICD (Intelligence Community Directive) 705 Tech Spec manual. This manual is managed and maintained by ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence). ODNI is in charge of managing, processing, and safeguarding information for the entire country. The purpose of the 705 policy is to create a set of mutually accepted standards that will safeguard national security information.

 

For a great explanation of the ICD 705 and ODNI, watch Adamo’s video linked below:

 


KL Security is excited to be offering Adamo’s line of Rapid SCIFs. This is a line of predesigned 20-foot ISO shipping containers that are ready to be built to the ICD 705 standards. These Rapid SCIFs allow the customer to skip over the lengthy design process and go straight to the design approval. Rapid SCIFs are the fastest and most cost-efficient option to build a secure space ensured to meet security requirements.


Check out Adamo’s quick video below on why a Rapid SCIF could be your best option:



Below are the 5 Rapid SCIF options KL Security will be offering:

Workstations
Accommodates 1-4 workstations and include a work surface plus two (2) shielded Cat 6 network connections per workstation.
Workstations – Accommodates 1-4 workstations and includes a work surface plus two (2) shielded Cat 6 network connections per workstation.

 

 

High-Density Workstations – Accommodates 5-8 workstations and includes a work surface plus two (2) shielded Cat 6 network connections per workstation.

 

 

Server Room – Built to hold up to four server racks (24”x36”), plus one (1) IT workstation with receptacle and 1 shielded Cat 6 network connection.
Conference Room – Serves as a meeting or briefing room to hold up to 8 people (no workstations). One dry-erase display wall included. Furnishings can be included for additional fee.
Storage Containers – Serves as a secure storage room. Includes 6 electrical receptacles.

Each of these 20-foot ISO shipping containers is built to ICD 705 standards.

 

Included in each Rapid SCIF:

– Intrusion Detection System

– Access Control System

– Video Surveillance (CCTV)

– Cooling System

– Unlimited Accreditation Consulting Support



To request full details for each Rapid SCIF, click the button below.



When beginning the design process for a SCIF, there are several requirements, regulations, and government directives that must be met. Upon recognizing the need for a SCIF, knowing where to begin and how to begin can seem daunting. Adamo’s construction experience and KL Security’s client service together pair to successfully guide the project every step of the way.


Our partners are the core of our mutual success. Our foundation is built on strong relationships with our partners, leading by example, listening to the needs of clients, and getting the job done right every time.


ICD 705 Tech Specs:

https://www.dni.gov/files/Governance/IC-Tech-Specs-for-Const-and-Mgmt-of-SCIFs-v15.pdf


Cannabis Facility Security Requirements for New Jersey


By: Colene King


On February 22, 2021, New Jersey became the 14th state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. After almost a full year, they have started accepting applications for cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs. Within the first 4 hours of the website opening, nearly 500 individuals had applied. Applications for dispensaries won’t open up until March 15th. (Davis, 2021) Though there is still a little way to go before the first legal adult use sale, New Jersey is headed in the right direction.  Cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs will start them off with building a supply for the retailers to sell.


When trying to obtain approval for licensure, a quality physical security plan will include specific details about all things required in the state of New Jersey. Some of these requirements will include: modular cannabis vaults, high security safes with TL15 or TL30 ratings, DEA approved cages for processing facilities, security camera systems, and cash management safes (trust us, you don’t want to hand count all of that cash).



 

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  • Protect product in-transit
  • IP Cameras Recorders
  • Remote Viewing on Smartphones
  • Access Control & License Plate Recognition

Four wall DEA secure drug cage for Schedule III, IV & V storage areas. Designed & built to DEA physical security requirements, these cages can be configured for your facility and customized to a variety of sizes and heights. Locking doors, self-closers, and access control locks tailored to your existing security systems are all possible.


The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission establishes and enforces the rules and regulations governing the licensing, cultivation, testing, selling, and purchasing of cannabis in the state.


Here is a summary of the security requirements for an adult use cannabis operation:

Each cannabis business shall provide effective controls and procedures to guard against unauthorized access to the premises or the business’s electronic systems, theft, and diversion of cannabis. Such controls may include, but are not limited to, systems to protect against electronic records tampering


Security Alarm System

  • Install and maintain in good working order to provide suitable protection against theft and diversion.
    • Immediate automatic or electronic notification system
      • Notifies cannabis business personnel or police of an unauthorized breach or failure of alarm system
    • Backup system that activates immediately when there is a loss of power.
      • Notifies personnel and authorities of power loss
    • Implement security measures that deter and prevent unauthorized access to areas containing cannabis.
    • Implement security measures that protect premises, consumers, and personnel
    • Establish a protocol for testing and maintenance of the security alarm system.
      • Conduct inspections and tests of the system at minimum every 30 days
      • Promptly implement all necessary repairs to ensure proper operation
    • In the event of a system failure due to power loss expected to last longer than 8 hours:
      • Notify the Commission
      • Provide alternate security measures or close operation until fully restored
    • Outside access to premises kept at a minimum and it is well controlled
    • Limit entry into areas where cannabis is held to authorized personnel
    • Equip interior and exterior premises with panic buttons

Video Surveillance System

  • Equip interior and exterior premises with electronic monitoring, and video cameras
    • A video surveillance system shall be installed and operated to clearly monitor all critical control activities of the cannabis business and shall be in working order and operating at all times.
      • The Commission must be provided access to remote viewing at all times
      • The system must be approved by the Commission prior to license issuance
    • Original tapes and digital pictures must be retained for at least 30 days
    • Outside area of the premises must be well-lit
      • Exterior lighting must be sufficient enough to deter criminal activity
      • Exterior lighting must be sufficient enough to facilitate surveillance
      • Reasonable effort made to not disturb surrounding businesses or neighbors
    • All entrances and exits well-lit to allow proper video surveillance
      • Include motion control sensors to protect cultivation light-dark cycles as needed
  • Provide law enforcement and neighbors within 100 feet of the cannabis business with the name and phone number of a staff member to notify during and after operating hours to whom they can report problems with the establishment.
  • The security alarm system and video surveillance system shall be continuously monitored, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • May be monitored off-site

Storage

  • All cannabis items shall be stored in an enclosed indoor, locked area. Access to such area is limited to an owner, principal, employee, or volunteer of a license holder or staff members of a license holder’s management services contractor that possesses a Cannabis Business Identification Card when acting in their official capacity.

Secure Transport

  • A cannabis business shall ensure each delivery vehicle is equipped with:
    • A secure lockbox or secure cargo area, used for the sanitary and secure transport of cannabis
    • A GPS device for identifying the geographic location of the delivery vehicle
    • Functioning heating and air conditioning systems appropriate for maintain correct temperatures for storage of cannabis and cannabis products
    • Insure all vehicles in the amount of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence or accident
    • Vehicle has no markings indicating that the vehicle is used to transport cannabis
    • Vehicle’s make, model, color, vehicle identification number, license plate number, and vehicle registration available to the Commission upon request
    • Staff each delivery vehicle with at least one cannabis business staff member
      • Shall not leave cannabis items in an unattended delivery vehicle unless the vehicle is locked and equipped with an active vehicle alarm system.
      • Staff member has access to a secure form of communication with the cannabis business
      • Staff member possess their Cannabis Business Identification Card at all times
      • Before transport, staff member shall create a physical or electronic copy of the transport request
      • Only Cannabis Business Identification Card holders shall be allowed in a delivery vehicle
    • All transport of cannabis must be conducted by a person. No drones
    • Transports must be completed in a timely and efficient manor
    • Maintain a written or electronic record of each transport of cannabis. Must include:
      • Date and time of transport beginning and ending
      • Name, cannabis business ID card number, and signature of staff transporting
      • Weight of cannabis and cannabis items being transported
      • The batch number of the usable cannabis or the lot number of the cannabis product, the name of the strain/cultivar, and the form of the cannabis product
      • Signature of receiving staff member attesting to receipt of the goods
    • Report any vehicle accidents, diversions, losses, or other reportable events that occur during transport to the Commission

For the full list of rules and regulations; please follow this link: https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/documents/rules/NJAC%201730%20Personal%20Use%20Cannabis.pdf


Though New Jersey’s regulations don’t specify that a vault is required for storage. We believe it is something that any cannabis operation should strongly consider. Because there is such a huge risk storing a high valued product as well as large sums of cash on the premises, these operations can often become targets for smash-and-grabs.  Businesses are able to successfully protect product and cash due to the installation of vaults & vault doors.



Class 5-V vault doors protect contents against unauthorized entry, covert entry, and forced entry.



The adult use marijuana market in New Jersey is projected to reach $1.6 billion by 2025, the second largest market on the east coast, following New York. (Dehnam, 2022) Originally the state had set a deadline of February 22nd to begin sales, but it doesn’t look like this will happen. They may be a little behind schedule, but things are definitely moving in the right direction.


Now is the opportune time to get your security plan together. Let us help you. KL Security focuses on facility security – vaults, cages, camera systems, cash management safes, high security safes, etc. 



Sources:

https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/documents/rules/NJAC%201730%20Personal%20Use%20Cannabis.pdf

https://www.nj.gov/cannabis/businesses/personal-use/

https://mgretailer.com/business/finance-acquisitions/cannabis-revenue-forecast-for-2025-jumps-by-20-billion/

Cannabis Facility Security Requirements for New York

By: Colene King


After several years of back and forth, it has finally become a reality for New York: on March 31, 2021, the Empire State became the 15th state in the nation to legalize the adult use of marijuana. The state will now begin the process of building the cannabis market.


New York has had a slow start with the roll out of the new market, but they are hopeful the new governor will get the process back on track. The Cannabis Control Board finally has its members in place and will now begin issuing the regulations that will control the licensing process. Recently, the head of New York’s cannabis control board said she does not anticipate any licenses being issued until the spring of 2023 at the earliest. (Branfalt, 2021)

 

Though the security requirements are yet to be determined, we have a good idea of what to expect. Medical use of marijuana became legal for New York in 2014. Currently, New York’s security requirements for medical manufacturing and dispensing facilities are similar to what you would find elsewhere. 


When seeking approval for licensure, any quality physical security plan will include specific details about each individual component the State of New York will ultimately require.  Examples include, modular cannabis vaults, high security safes with TL15 or TL30 ratings, DEA approved cages for processing facilities, security camera systems and cash management safes (trust us, you don’t want to hand count all of that cash).

 


ArmorStor™ Modular Vaults & Doors
ArmorStor™ secure and reinforced rooms can be installed in existing facilities or scaled to full size in new construction. The modular panels are built up to the equivalent of 24” thick poured concrete vaults with 4 layers of rebar at a fraction of the weight and installation costs.

 

Summit Series SM1 Bill Validating Safes
With immediate view of cash activities across single or multiple locations, the ability to maximize cash flow and reduce cash shrinkage is greatly enhanced. The compact size allows the SM1 to be placed in locations where space is at a premium and still provide enough capacity to minimize the frequency of cash pickups.

 

 

Below is an outline of the known security requirements for the State of New York Medical Use Regulations :

 

 

  1. Alarms and motion detectors
    • Perimeter alarm
    • Duress Alarm – silent security alarm system signal
    • Panic Alarm – audible security alarm system signal requiring law enforcement response
    • Hold up alarm – a silent security alarm system signaling a robbery in progress
    • Motion detectors
    • Back up alarm system to detect entry when no employees are present at facility
    • Failure notification system notifying of any failures within 5 minutes
    • Automatic voice dialer or digital dialer that, when activated, sends a prerecorded message to law enforcement, public safety, or emergency services, requesting dispatch
  2. Video Surveillance
    • All areas containing marijuana, all entry and exit points, all safes and vaults, and all areas where marijuana sales take place
    • Cameras are able to capture clear and certain identification of any person entering or exiting the facility
    • 24 hour recording for all video cameras and must be retained for at least 90 days
    • Recordings available for immediate viewing at any time
    • The ability to produce a clear still photo at a minimum of 9600 dpi from any camera
    • Accurate date and time stamp on all recordings
    • Ability to remain operational through a power outage
    • Video recordings are able to be exported to an industry standard image format
    • Surveillance rooms must not be used for any other purpose
    • Keep a current list of authorized employees who have access to surveillance room
  3. Exterior of premises must be kept illuminated
    • Securely locked at all times, protected from unauthorized entry
  4. Visitor log kept of all persons that access any secured areas
    • Must include name, date, time, and purpose of the visit
    • Log must be available to the department at all times upon request
  5. Security system and equipment must be kept in a secure location.
    • System must be tested twice a year, retaining results for a minimum of 5 years
  6. Storage
    • Safes, vaults, or other approved equipment must be securely locked at all times
    • Keys, combination numbers, passwords, etc. only accessible to authorized individuals
    • Marijuana stored in a secure area at all times, accessible only to authorized employees.
  7. Transportation
    • Before transporting, a shipping manifest must be completed and transmitted to receiving destination 2 days prior to transport
      • Copy of manifest kept in vehicle during transport
      • Manifests must be retained for 5 years
    • Marijuana and products transported in a locked storage compartment not visible from outside the vehicle
    • No unnecessary stops taken along the way
    • Delivery times are randomized
    • Minimum of two employees staffing the transport vehicle, with one of them remaining in vehicle at all times while the vehicle contains marijuana.

 


There are high hopes for the marijuana market in New York. Not only is it believed to have a potential to create $350 million in annual tax revenue, but also bring along 30,000-60,000 new jobs for New Yorkers. (Bort, 2021) There is still much work to be done before the New York market is operational, but once it does, it is sure to be profitable for all cannabis licensees and other stakeholders.


The security experts here at KL Security are excited to begin the new year at CannaCon in New York City January 7th-8th at the Javits Center in downtown Manhattan.  If you’re interested in opening a cannabis facility in New York and becoming part of what is projected to be a very lucrative market, now is the perfect time to start doing research and formulating a physical security plan.  Allow us to be the experts you rely on for your security needs, so you can focus on your overall business plan.  Please take a moment to stop by booth 445 at CannaCon and start a conversation with us about your cannabis facility plans.



Sources:


https://regs.health.ny.gov/content/section-100413-security-requirements-manufacturing-and-dispensing-facilities

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/new-york-weed-marijuana-legalization-1148949/

https://www.ganjapreneur.com/new-york-will-not-issue-adult-use-licenses-until-2023/

Cannabis Operation Security Plan

By Colene King


It’s unmistakable; the cannabis industry is on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down. Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 18 states, plus the District of Columbia. With states across the nation continually joining in on the legalization of recreational use for adults, business is booming and now is the time to become a part of it.


At the federal level, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug in accordance with the Controlled Substance Act. On a state level, however, regulation varies. This can make it all a bit confusing. Due to the current federal rules on cannabis, responsibility falls to the states to build the regulatory framework. Each state must develop their own rules, regulations, and guidelines associated with the production, sale, and legal use. No one knows how it will pan out if (and when) marijuana becomes legal at a federal level, but without a doubt there will still be strict regulations to follow for each state.


One of the primary concerns for those operating in the cannabis space is the high volume of cash. The banking system is regulated by federal law, causing a large number of banks to steer clear of the industry.  Additionally, some credit card companies will not allow their customers to use their cards as a form of payment at cannabis pharmacies/dispensaries. This causes the operator to accumulate large sums of cash that is often stored on the premises for a certain period of time. The high value of product paired with large sums of cash make cannabis operators a prime target for diversion and theft. Robbery disrupts business, places customers & employees in danger, and costs operators exponentially. This is merely one reason, of many, as to why having a security plan in place is incredibly crucial.


When applying for licensure, the development of a well calculated security plan is required. Since the legislation varies state and state, and sometimes even by municipality, it’s important to thoroughly research the applicable rules and regulations. Regardless of the state in which the operation resides, there will be rules regarding security.





All cannabis operations must utilize seed-to-sale tracking; this applies to all forms of businesses: craft growers, commercial growers, medicinal producers, processors, secure transporters, cannabis pharmacies, marijuana dispensaries, etc. While this process is required, it is also an excellent business practice to protect profits, ensure product quality, and grow business.


A good security plan should:


  • Deter theft of product and cash
  • Prevent internal diversion
  • Be scalable – able to grow with the business
  • Protect employees/customers, product, equipment, and cash
  • Detect, delay, and deter burglaries
  • Protect against fire and flood

KL Security is here to help along the way – from the first napkin sketch all the way to implementation. We’ve worked with cannabis operators nationwide and helped grow these businesses (both big and small).


Our Total Harvest CoverageTM offers a holistic approach to integrate security and compliance through the use of Smart Safe POS systems, and video & data analytics. This approach unlocks business growth opportunities to create competitive advantages, and maintaining compliance encourages continuous growth. 


Each aspect of a security portfolio should assist in loss prevention, improvement of operations, increasing safety, and support business goals. Kl Security along with ArmorStor™ believe that compliance and business success are one in the same.





This process can be overwhelming, but have no fear, our cannabis security experts are available to help and guide you along the way.


Annual retails sales of marijuana are projected to reach $43 billion by the year 2025 (NORML, 2021), and having an advanced security system in place is crucial to protect your business and license status.


Stay tuned for regular updates on regulations and news pertaining to cannabis.


Sources:

State-By-State Policies
Analysis: Legal Cannabis Sales Projected to Reach $43 Billion By 2025

https://public.findlaw.com/cannabis-law/starting-a-cannabis-business/marijuana-business-licenses-permits-and-planning.html

ArmorStor & KL Security at 2022 New York CannaCon

By: Colene King | October 26, 2021


It’s official; flights are booked and the hotel is reserved! ArmorStor & KL security are headed to the Javits Center in New York City from January 7th-8th.

 

At the start of the 2022 New Year, a few of our cannabis facility experts from KL Security will be headed Northeast to attend the New York CannaCon. CannaCon is one of the largest, oldest, and most successful cannabis trade shows nationwide: an exciting event for exhibitors to come and show off the latest technologies available to the cannabis market. Various industry leaders, providing everything a cannabis entrepreneur might need from seed to sale, will be joined together.  CannaCon is a one stop shop: lighting, web design, payroll processing, extraction equipment, financing options and our specialty, physical security items such as our ArmorStor line of vaults and vault doors, cages, camera systems, safes and cash management solutions. Cannacon also features educational seminars covering a wide variety of cannabis related topics.


On March 31st of this year, New York became the 15th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, allowing adults over the age of 21 to legally buy and consume marijuana. The recent legalization within New York and the Cannacon trade show allows new potential licensees to begin planning operations and meet with potential suppliers, advisors, and service providers. The state of New York is expecting the first recreational dispensary to open legally towards the end of 2022. Regulations have to be set, licenses need to be obtained, and the first legal seeds need to be sown.


Once recreational sales begin, it is projected New York will bring in $1.2 billion in sales by 2023 and $4.2 billion by 2027. According to the governor’s administration, New York State is hoping to be able to collect $350 million in tax revenue annually. (Yakowicz, 2021) Not only will the legalization of marijuana bring in revenue for the state, but it will also create thousands of new job opportunities for New Yorkers.


KL Security is eager to attend this event at such a pivotal time for the state, allowing us to showcase the best end-to-end security solutions for compliance, profit protection, and business operation optimization.



Vice President of Sales for KL Security, Travis Easter, had this to say on the upcoming trade show:



“Our team is very excited to attend the NY CannaCon event in January.  Over the past few years, we have met a lot of great entrepreneurs, as well as many industry partners, at CannaCon events throughout the country that we’ve helped implement a holistic security plan, programming and physical security solutions that help drive their compliance and bottom line forward.  We will be available at Booth # 445 to answer any questions you might have about securing your facility, with experts that can help guide you through the process of realizing your dream.

We will be prepared to discuss your needs one-on-one, providing real time price quotes so you can start budgeting for the future.   

Manufacturers and industry partners, many of which we have met numerous times, are also invited to stop by our booth to discuss potential partnerships and opportunities.”


We look forward to helping new licensees become successful within New York’s recreational cannabis market. See you there!



Sources:

https://norml.org/news/2021/08/12/analysis-legal-cannabis-sales-projected-to-reach-43-billion-by-2025/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2021/03/31/new-york-state-legalizes-adult-use-cannabis/?sh=71a4510d395c

https://www.ganjapreneur.com/angela-grelle-the-future-of-cannabis-trade-shows/

Securing Your Home Office


By Colene King

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote operations have become common practice. Organizations embraced remote operations as a way to maintain status quo while simultaneously ‘flattening the curve’. In fact, many companies have realized that getting their employees out of the brick-and-mortar office proves to be just as productive, if not more.


In 2018, only 3.6% of the US workforce was working from home. Recent telecommuting data projects that 25-30% of the workforce will be working from home at least several days a week by the end of 2021 (GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, n.d.).


Many employers have gone so far as to make remote employment a permanent option. This allows employers to expand their candidate pools and acquire talent from other locations with different backgrounds. Candidates now see the opportunity to work from home as an added bonus.


Prior to the global pandemic, companies had several misconceptions surrounding telecommuters. Organizations were worried they would see a decrease in productivity, as well as a concern for being able to keep security a priority. These misconceptions were proven to be inconsequential as our workforce adapted.


Previously held beliefs of remote workers being less productive than on-site employees have been disproven. The National Bureau of Economic Research (nber.org) discovered that employees working from home are 13% more productive than those working from an office. Additionally, employees working from home miss less days, accomplish more, and feel more productive than in a traditional work environment.


Though working from home is convenient (and more productive), it does present new security challenges. It is imperative to maintain security and confidentiality. While it’s easy to slip into a comfortable routine while working from home, it is important to follow best practices for keeping your home office secure.


Even though we live in a digital age, there will always be a need to store hard copies. It is important that physical documents are stored and disposed of
properly. Whether it be an ArmorStor™ high security rated file cabinet or a Dahle paper shredder, KL security has the best options for you.

ArmorStor™ High Security Filing Cabinets When compliance requirements dictate security, the ArmorStor™ file cabinet is the choice of healthcare, business and enterprises offices worldwide.


Dahle has just released a new line of home and small office shredders that can be purchased now through KL Security. The personal shredders are the perfect size for any home office, with a few different affordable options to best suit your needs.


The Dahle PaperSAFE® PS 100 Deskside Shredder is oil-free, hassle-free, and easy to maintain. It’s ideal for destroying financial statements, tax information, or any other confidential documents that should not be seen by others.

In regards to digital records, any great home office contains an external hard drive. KL Security also offers hard drives that are fireproof as well as water proof. Properly safeguarding your home office will also offer additional peace of mind to you and your employers.



The Solo G3, 3TB Fireproof / Waterproof External Hard Drive is not only fireproof and water proof, but can also come with a data recovery service. 1, 3, and 5 year plans available. For any loss, no matter the reason.


Many benefits accompany telecommuting: improved employee mental health, a better work life balance, lower turnover, and an overall increase in productivity. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder several companies are giving their employees the option to work in the comfort of their own home.


Let KL Security help get your home office set up today!

Call 866-867-0306 or email [email protected]


Sources

  1. https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/telecommuting-statistics

Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only.

ISOO Notice 2021-01 GSA Black Label Phase Out

By Colene King

At the beginning of this year, GSA (General Services Administration) along with the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) developed a 4-year phase-out plan for all GSA-approved black label security cabinets and vault doors manufactured prior to 1989. The phase-out is set to begin on October 1st 2024 and be completed by October 1st 2028. These black label containers cannot be recertified or relabeled; they will become obsolete. See chart below for details.



GSA ClassFed SpecRevision Years
Produced
Years of
Service
End of Service
1AA-F-357A-F1968 – 198246 – 601 October 2028
2AA-F-357 A-F 1954 – 197050 – 701 October 2024
3AA-F-358 A-F 1956 – 196852 – 691 October 2025
4AA-F-358 A-F 1956 – 1968 52 – 691 October 2025
5AA-F-358 A-F 1968 – 198931 – 601 October 2028
5AA-F-363A-B1963 – 198957 – 65 1 October 2028
5AA-D-600A-B 1963 – 1989 57 – 65 1 October 2028
6AA-D-600A-C 1963 – 1989 57 – 65 1 October 2028
6AA-F-358 A-F 1963 – 1989 52 – 60 1 October 2028

The process commences with phasing out black label Class 2 cabinets; these Class 2 cabinets must be replaced by October 1, 2024. Class 3 and Class 4 must be replaced by October 1, 2025. Lastly, all other black label containers (class 5 and class 6) and GSA approved vault doors will lose their GSA approval by October 1, 2028.




The regulation of containers to meet GSA guidelines began in 1954, with some of these items having been in continuous use since their implementation. Over the years, these containers degrade and can become a liability. Specifically, those manufactured between 1954 and 1989 are considered to be past their life expectancy. These black label containers and vault doors are now between 30 and 70 years old.   As we all know, it’s not easy getting old.


There are several things to be concerned about with these aging containers and vault doors. Not only are you minimizing the protection of your property, but you could potentially set yourself up for a costly container lockout, which would require a GSA locksmith. It should also be mentioned that several of the manufacturers that created these containers are no longer in operation, and many of the container parts (drawer heads, locks, slides, handles, etc.) needed for the repair of these products are no longer available.


The soon to be outdated GSA approved containers and vault doors are easily recognizable by the silver and black GSA approval label located on the outside of the cabinet or vault. (See picture below) Each container/door should also include the certification labels and manufactured dates.



Here at KL Security, we are able to provide the most up to date GSA approved containers and vault doors. We offer full replacement cabinets for Black Label GSA Containers that will be considered obsolete in the near future.



 Below is a list of all current GSA Requirements:


Class 5 GSA Approved Container requirements 

  • The Class 5 is an uninsulated security container
  • 20 man-hours against surreptitious entry (increased from 30 man-minutes on containers produced after March 1991)
  • 10 man-minutes against forced entry
  • 20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
  • 20 man-hours against radiological attack
  • 30 man-minutes against covert entry (added to containers produced after March 1991)


    Class 6 GSA Approved Container requirements 

  • The Class 6 is an uninsulated security container
  • 20 man-hours against surreptitious entry (increased from 30 man-minutes on containers produced after March 1991)
  • no forced entry test requirement
  • 20 man-hours against manipulation of lock
  • 20 man-hours against radiological attack
  • 30 man-minutes against covert entry (added to containers produced after March 1991)

Now would be a great time to formulate a company plan for container and vault replacement.

Call 866-867-0306 or email [email protected]


Sources

Removal of GSA Approved Black Label (archives.gov)

NISPPAC meeting April 14, 2021 (archives.gov)

Safe & Vault | History of GSA Containers | Class 2 | Class 3 | Class 4 | Class 5 | Class 6 (safeandvault.com)

GSA Approved Security Containers (navy.mil)


Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only.

R2: Responsible Recycling

R2 is the short form expression for Responsible Recycling Standards for Electronic Recyclers. This is one of two standards; the other being e-Stewards-Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. However, R2 is the world’s most utilized standard for the disposal and manufacture for used electronics.


The R2 practices were released in 2008 through development cooperation from members within the EPA, state agencies, electronics recyclers, refurbishers, trade associations, customers, other non-government organizations. A few years later in 2011, the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship developed the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. The NSES outlines recommendations for safer design and disposal of electronic devices. The Task Force states that the United States government should lead by example, and this strategy outlines the best practices to be adopted by government agencies.

So…who does this apply to and what is an electronic recycler?

The EPA is encouraging all electronics recyclers (companies that manufacture and sell refurbished electronics or utilize components from used electronics) to become certified (aka r2 certification requirements) by demonstrating to an accredited independent third-party auditor that they meet specific standards to safely recycle and manage electronics. Used electronics should only be considered ‘waste’ if all other options have been evaluated and eliminated.

The EPA is encouraging all electronics recyclers (companies that manufacture and sell refurbished electronics or utilize components from used electronics) to become certified (aka r2 certification requirements) by demonstrating to an accredited independent third-party auditor that they meet specific standards to safely recycle and manage electronics. Used electronics should only be considered ‘waste’ if all other options have been evaluated and eliminated.


The American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board accredits bodies in the United States. There are currently only six organizations in the country that have received this accreditation. Given our country’s reliance on electronics, it’s safe to assume that the amount of refurbished electronic manufacturers will only increase and with it – the number of accredited organizations.

How does one become R2 certified and what is V3?

The first step is to reach out to an accredited standards development organization. We found a recommended 501(c)(3) organization using the EPA’s website. This organization, SERI, has the sole mission of environmental protection through the safe disposal and recycling of electronic products.


There are various resources available on SERI’s website. You can download the latest version of R2 documents HERE.


The entire process takes anywhere from 8 to 12 months, and organizations are free to complete the education independently or may reach out for a training consultant. Once again, all resources are located on the SERI website.


After completing the education, the organizational standards of procedure may need to be modified. This will require clear documentation of the prior procedures and new and improved processes. Next, the organization must implement these standards. Detailed documentation is key to earning accreditation. Furthermore, most companies will hire a consultant to assist within the implementation phase. You can find a list of consultants here.

Changes have been made, processes have been modified, and every step has been documented. What’s next? Now, you must perform an internal audit.


The last and final step is a certification audit. There are two stages to this audit and it spans one to two months. You can find an approved list of certification companies here. Prior to the initializing of stage two of the audit, you will complete a license application and pay a fee. After passing the certification audit and receiving an R2 certificate, a company is subject to mandatory annual audits and fees to maintain R2 status.


This accreditation is voluntary and encouraged. The government has been instructed to follow guidelines to be a good example to businesses and citizens. For this reason, if there is an option to do business with an accredited organization, a government agency will select this business over others. This offers the U.S. Government to help influence national standards through commerce.


Why would an organization want to use R2 standards? For one, they help to reinforce and advance best management practices relating to OSHA and risk management. These standards add additional value to an organization’s SOPs through assessing environmental and security practices. R2 helps trace and prevent hazardous waste from entering and polluting the environment.


These guidelines were issued in 2011. However, many companies are voluntarily adopting these best practices and becoming certified to quickly make a transition when, in all likelihood, these practices will become mandatory. At the very least, certification will be required for government vendors. Certification is not required for government vendors currently, but government agencies have been instructed to follow these measures whenever possible.


If you have been asked to become compliant with the R2 standards or need to find out pricing to budget for and r2 certified recycler, we’re here to help.

K.L. Security has various options for secure storage of digital and hardcopy documents. We also offer high-quality shredders for the safe destruction of confidential materials. With experience across various industries, we’re ready to help with all of your organization’s security needs.

Call 866-867-0306 or email [email protected]
Sources

https://www.epa.gov/smm-electronics/certified-electronics-recyclers

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/u_s_epa_fact_sheet_implementation_study_1.pdf

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/national_strategy_for_electronic_stewardship_0.pdf

R2

Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only.


Written by: Shelley Swearingen with input from KL Security Experts