Acknowledging that much of the intelligence and law enforcement communities, as well as the wider federal government structure, often have a stovepiped IT model, Paul said that common data identity and protection standards are key priorities for him and the ISE.
ISE in the News
It has traveled a long, difficult road, but the Homeland Security Information Network is getting into place.
HSIN is the primary platform for sharing sensitive but unclassified information among the Homeland Security Department and other federal, state and local agencies as well as the private sector. It is a secure Web portal with collaboration tools to enable real-time communication and managed access to data hosted at DHS data centers.
By Wyatt Kash
As organizers of the Boston Marathon prepared for last April's race, federal, state and local emergency and law enforcement officials were busy putting another set of preparations in place.
When the Boston Marathon bombers were identified, tracked down and caught within days, a lot of credit went to interagency information sharing. That incident is one of the accomplishments outlined in the 2013 report to Congress from the Information Sharing Environment. But the report found, agencies still have some work to do when it comes to network security. Program Manager Kshmendra Paul described the highlights of the ISE report.
By Alexander W. Joel
Many Americans probably don't know that there is a senior official whose job by law is to help ensure that civil liberties and privacy protections are built into intelligence programs. I am that official - the "Civil Liberties Protection Officer." I engage with the director of national intelligence and other intelligence officials to oversee and guide intelligence activities.
The California State Threat Assessment System (STAS) - six fusion centers created in the aftermath of the information sharing failures leading to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks - organized and positioned to have the closest possible relationship with the city and county public safety personnel, local businesses, and most importantly California's citizens, was praised in a report, Majority Staff Report on the National Network of Fusion Centers, by the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, released last month.
Information superiority is critical to our nation's future, particularly in the realms of defense and homeland security. But beyond access to more types of information than one's adversary, that superiority also requires the ability to process that information faster and more efficiently.
America's information capital is vast. Yet technological obstacles and territorial mind-sets at agencies thwart efforts to bring to bear the full power of all the information residing in federal databases.
When tragedy struck the Boston Marathon, law enforcement and national security officials sifted through untold amounts of information and identified suspects within three days. Data came from literally everywhere: video from business-owned cameras; individual bystanders’ cellphone pictures, information from the media and large amounts of material collected by investigators themselves.
Two Pentagon memos make official Defense Department adoption of the National Information Exchange Model as the basis for defense data exchange. A March 28 memo (.pdf) from DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai says that as of that date, her office will no longer support further development of UCore or its C2 Core implementation "as unique DoD exchange models." The memo does say that applicable UCore and C2 Core data components will carry over to the Military Operations Domain NIEM extension to be established as part of the Defense Department's adoption of NIEM.