Tucked within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is a small entity with an enormous mission: Standardize the way governments, companies and citizens share critical information. As program manger of the Information Sharing Environment, Kshemendra Paul is tasked with planning, overseeing and building out ISE activities that focus on homeland security, counterterrorism and countering weapons of mass destruction.
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The Homeland Security Department wants to build networks of trust with state, local and federal government partners, as well as with international and private sector organizations. The goal is to make information sharing easier and more secure.
One of the only ways to do that is through federated identity management. So DHS is putting the pieces in place to ease the burden of managing so many different identities.
The Intelligence Community is making it easier and more secure for federal partners to access its community sharing platform, Intelink-U.
Several non-intelligence community or non-Defense Department agencies can use their smart identity cards under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) to log onto the network.
Mike Kennedy, the executive for assured interoperability for the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment, said Intelink-U's acceptance of HSPD-12 cards marks another step toward creating a secure information sharing environment.
On April 15, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people. Instantly, federal, state and local law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies needed to share information.
Video surveillance, text and call histories, social media data, photographs and other information were shared along various platforms to pin down the type of bombs used and pictures of two at-large suspects.
By the end of the week, police had captured one suspect and killed another in a shootout.
Nearly two years in the making, the Justice Department proved that governing the online access of federal, state and local law enforcement officials to specific data is both possible and beneficial.
Through the back-end attribute exchange, agencies can have a standard way for different organizations to safely and securely share data.
The National Strategy for Information Sharing builds on the lessons learned since the 2001 terrorist attacks, but more needs to be done.
Leaders in the technology industry and government gathered Nov. 6 at the Red Hat Government Symposium, hosted by FedScoop, to discuss the future of open source in open data, security and other issues. ... Kshemendra Paul, program manager of the information sharing department at the Office of National Intelligence, discussed using open source for implementing policy. Paul’s work with the National Information Exchange Model helped federal, state, local, tribal and private entities share important emergency information.
Now that law enforcement agencies are sharing information more easily, it’s time to mine that data for critical insights.
The massive quantities of data that agencies collect is getting bigger every minute, piling into mountains of information. Law enforcement agencies— throughout the federal, state and local levels — are compiling data constantly, but these mountains are useful only if agencies share and apply data effectively.
President Obama appointed Kshemendra Paul as the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), and Mr. Paul assumed the position on July 6, 2010. The Program Manager has government-wide authority to plan, oversee the build-out, and manage use of the ISE. The Program Manager also co-chairs the White House's Information Sharing and Access Inter-agency Policy Committee (ISA- IPC).
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.