By Jake Vinson
in Feature Articles
Owein R. knew that security at the government facility was going to be a
big deal, but it wasn't clear how big a deal it was going to be until he
started his job.
To get anywhere in the facility, you needed a pass, and these were
granted on a least-permissive basis. Even if your clearance was high
enough, you still needed a pass to get into certain areas. To be granted
access to a restricted area, you either had to have a pass, an
appointment, or to be escorted at all times by someone with a pass -
this included lunch and bathroom breaks.
One of Owein's tasks required him to gain access to a restricted area of
Building A, and since he had no clearance to the area, he'd discussed
ahead of time with the security officer that he'd be needing access, and
that he would come by and grab the pass the following morning. The
entryway opened into the security desk and offices, which was as far as
you could get without a pass. The security officer was in a secured
area, but it was literally on the other side of the wall from the
publicly-accessible security desk. Since Owein wasn't allowed in that
area, he called her from the security desk.
"Hi, my name is Owein R., I understand you have a pass for me?"
"Yes, I do," she said, sounding a little flustered.
"I don't have clearance to enter the SCIF, could you please bring the
pass to me? I'm in the main sec-"
"Sorry," she interrupted, "I absolutely can't break away right now, I'm
"So you'll need someone that's approved to be in here to escort you in."
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