Last year was a big year for information sharing. This past spring, the Boston Marathon bombing was a cruel reminder of the importance of providing our law enforcement officials whatever they need to “connect the dots” and keep our cities and neighborhoods safe. More recently, our nation’s security was compromised because an insider disclosed classified information to the news media. These things remind us of the importance of strengthening information sharing and safeguarding together.
Federal News Radio: The White House's long-awaited, and much anticipated, Executive Order to improve the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure is far from an answer to the lack of congressional action on the issue, and more about doing something to spur change.
Our state and major urban area-led fusion centers have been and continue to be a critical component of our nation’s information sharing capabilities. By design, the national network of fusion centers are a direct reflection of our federated democracy and the sovereignty of state and local governments.
This morning, I testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management. The hearing was titled “Lessons from Fort Hood: Improving Our Ability to Connect the Dots.”
I testified from my perspective as an information technologist and to present the mission of the PM-ISE, and I appreciated the opportunity to highlight important successes and challenges in information sharing.
The U.S. government is doing a decent job sharing information among federal agencies and international partners, but the relationship with private industry still needs work, according to a recent report to Congress.
The task force, co-chaired by former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden and Boston Properties chief executive Mort Zuckerman, proposes a set of legislative recommendations in the report that are intended to help the private and public sectors share information about cyber threats with one another in real time. The release of the report comes as Congress is gridlocked on cybersecurity legislation.
Last week, I traveled to Oklahoma City to testify as part of a two-person panel, Law Enforcement in Indian Country from the Federal Perspective, before the Indian Law and Order Commission. The Commission is an independent advisory group directed by the Tribal Law and Order Act to report to the White House and the Congress next year with specific proposals to improve safety and justice in Indian Country.