No matter what type of business you operate, security is very important. Whether it’s protecting your location from a forced physical entry or a technology breach, making sure your assets are secure is vital. Some places on this planet have been constructed with security as the most important thing, above all else. Here’s a list of the top 5 most secure places on earth.
Location: Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA
Contains: The US Bullion Depository
No discussion of high-security would be complete without the mention of Fort Knox. This building contains over 5,000 tons of gold and contains some of the tightest security measures on the planet. In fact, some people consider the words ‘Fort Knox’ to be considered synonymous with ‘secure location.’ In addition to being completely surrounded by a military camp, the vault within Fort Knox contains a 22-ton blast door. The lock for this vault is so complex that it requires a ten person team to open!
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Contains: North American Aerospace Defense Command
This command and intelligence center for the United States is quite literally constructed inside of a mountain. Living deep underneath the Rocky Mountains, it is also referred to as the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. It was created during the height of the Cold War with the intention of being able to survive a nuclear detonation within a mile of its center. The blast doors that protect this well-guarded establishment each weigh 25 tons!
Location: Wasatch Mountain Range, Utah, USA
Contains: Records Storage of the Mormon Church
The Mormon Church takes the security of their records very seriously. Their massive vault opened it’s super secure doors in 1965 and it’s located deep inside one of the Granite Mountains of the Wasatch Range in Utah. Very few photos exist of this secretive location, but what we do know is that it is heavily guarded by armed guards at all times and the vault itself is state of the art. It is rumored that the various genealogical and historical data is protected by both motion, heat sensors, and is also completely temperature controlled.
Location: Florence, Colorado, USA
Contains: Supermax Men’s Prison
In the country with the highest prison population per capita on the entire planet, the criminals who are deemed the worst of the worst end up at ADX Florence Prison. This prison is considered to be the most maximum security prison in the United States and currently houses notorious criminals such as the Unabomber and more recently the Boston Marathon bomber. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’ this prison contains everything from motion laser beams to 1,400 remote controlled security doors to a fleet of attack dogs regularly on site. Using soundproof rooms and very few windows, the prison has been designed in such a way to confuse prisoners as to what part of the prison the are actually living in. This makes planning or even attempting an escape nearly impossible.
Location: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island, Norway
Contains: Plant Seeds
It’s fair to expect that you might not have predicted a vault containing a vast number of plant seeds to be among the most secure locations on this planet. However, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault serves a very important purpose. It’s also known as the ‘Doomsday Seed Vault’ which gives you a better idea of the reason for its construction. This vault currently contains over 1.5 million different seed varieties, which are being preserved as a precaution in the event of a global doomsday catastrophe. Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster, this vault has been created to withstand anything and ensure the human race will have an assortment of seeds to regrow a food source no matter what. Not only is this vault located in an extremely remote part of the Arctic, only about 1,000 miles from the North Pole, but the vault itself has been built with maximum precautions in mind. Motion sensors, blast proof doors, and airlocks are just a few of the modern security measures taken to protect the seed vault.