04 Mar What is SCEC and why is it important for electronic key cabinets?
The highest security areas in the country need the highest quality security equipment. As the makers of Australia’s only SCEC endorsed electronic key cabinets approved for use in the most secure government areas, CIC Technology know how to make hardware and software that stands up to the rigid standards of SCEC, the Security Construction and Equipment Committee. They are the body responsible for deciding what products are approved for use in government high-security areas.
So, what is SCEC, the SEEPL and what’s special about CIC’s high-security electronic key cabinets?
What is SCEC?
The Security Construction and Equipment Committee is a group tasked with evaluating products for use in the highest security government areas. Their job is to test that products put forward by a manufacturer meet the government requirements. They’re also responsible for determining the specific applications the product can be used in, as well as any limitations that the product may have. Their evaluations are solely for the purposes of security – they don’t evaluate ancillary aspects of products like durability or safety.
The SCEC has to report directly to the Protective Security Policy Committee (PSPC), the body set up by the Government to create the guidelines and standards to protect Government resources. They also work with other departments to prioritise the products that are most in need of evaluation for the purposes of security.
What is the SEEPL
Part of the SCECs job is to create the SEEPL (Security Equipment Evaluated Product List), which all the approved security products are added to. It functions as a database of all the products that have been approved for use in certain security and building zones. The standards that products need to meet to be added to the SEEPL are not public knowledge, for security purposes. Were the exact requirements known, those with nefarious intentions would find it easier to get past the Government’s security efforts.
What features does CIC Technology’s high-security electronic key cabinet have?
CIC’s C.Q.R.iT eXtreme high-security electronic key cabinet is a SCEC approved product that’s listed on the SEEPL. There are two versions, the eXtreme L, approved for Security Level 3, and the eXtreme T, approved for Security Level 4 (the highest level).
These certifications prove that the cabinets are incredibly secure, as they stood up to every test SCEC could throw at them. With their advanced features, they can be trusted to keep your keys safe and secure, while remaining easy to access.
Incredibly robust construction
The eXtreme cabinets are constructed to the highest standards. The steel that makes up the body is at least 1.6mm thick, and is welded into a single piece unit for ultimate robustness.
It doesn’t end there. The door features a three-point locking mechanism that inserts thick metal pins into the body of the cabinet when locked. With each edge of the door secured to the cabinet, tampering becomes a near impossibility. An anti-drilling plate sits on the inside of the door, making lock busting an incredibly difficult task too.
A sturdy night lock
Speaking of locks, in addition to the regular kinds, CIC’s eXtreme cabinets also feature night locks. At the end of the day when no one needs access to keys, a supervisor engages the night lock which locks down the cabinet and overrides all other permissions. Anyone that normally would have been able to remove or return keys no longer can until the supervisor disables the night lock the next morning.
As previously mentioned, the high-security key cabinets come in two versions – the L and the T. The difference between these two cabinets comes down to the type of night lock they use. The eXtreme L, approved for use in Security Level 3, has a Class-C Bi-Lock that uses a key, whereas the eXtreme T, approved for use in Security Level 4, uses a Class-B tumbler.
A big part of the C.Q.R.iT experience comes from the powerful key management software, KeySecure. It’s the part of the system that lets you set permissions for who can access certain keys, put timers on how long keys can be removed and organises SMS or email alarms for anything from ‘tampered door’ to ‘AC power out’.
The C.Q.R.iT eXtreme key cabinets are incredibly difficult to break into physically, but they also have protections against other forms of unauthorised intrusion. Two-factor authentication requires users to present two forms of authentication to the cabinet. Most often for CIC’s cabinets, a prox card or fingerprint is required, followed by a PIN. This reduces the risk of unauthorised access should someone lose their prox card or share their PIN with someone else.