Computerworld - PHILADELPHIA -- They may not be the Continental Congress, but hundreds of IT experts from the defense and intelligence communities gathered here yesterday to share ideas and plans on emergency responses to a terrorist attack on the nation.
Only blocks from the spot where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, more than 900 government and private-sector officials met to discuss efforts to improve collaboration and information sharing among the hundreds of federal, state and local agencies in charge of emergency response in the event of future terrorist attacks.
On the first day of the three-day Information Sharing and Homeland Security conference, officials have been clear on what the overall strategy is for detecting and preventing future attacks: Create a nationwide information-sharing architecture by leveraging the billions of dollars in federal IT investments, rather than building something from scratch.
"We're trying to use the existing capabilities of the [intelligence] community," said Bill Dawson, a deputy intelligence community CIO for the office that advises the director of central intelligence on IT policy.
In particular, Dawson was referring to an IT project begun before the Sept. 11 attacks that has acquired a new sense of momentum. The system, known as the Intelligence Community System for Information Sharing (ICSIS), provides controlled and secure gateway interfaces between networks with different security controls and classification levels.
For example, ICSIS, which is still in the first phase of development, will enable analysts to share sanitized versions of top-secret intelligence reports with other analysts and possibly state and local officials who might have only a secret-level security clearance, said Dawson. The system will automatically remove information pertaining to sources and methods of intelligence collection, thereby downgrading the security classification of the documents, said Dawson.
Phase one "enablers" under development include a public-key infrastructure; a full-service directory for identifying experts and analysts throughout the 14 different agencies that comprise the intelligence community; a collaborative tool suite; additional trusted and controlled interfaces between agency-specific communities of interest; and metadata and interoperability standards to support data discovery throughout the intelligence community.
"What we're really doing is going beyond the baseline we have now with Intelink," said Dolly Greenwood, director of architecture at ICSIS, referring to the widely used classified intelligence community intranet.
Since its inception in 1994, Intelink has grown to the point where it isn't always effective, said Stephen Selwyn, director of knowledge management at the Intelligence Community CIO Office. "Searching Intelink is like shooting craps," he said, referring to the 2.4 million Web pages that now populate the classified intranet.
"We're trying to enable analysts to
- Securing Mobile App Data - Comparing Containers and App Wrappers Analysts agree that Mobile Device Management (MDM) is not enough when it comes to securing app data. Although it remains a critical component...
- PCI 3.0 Compliance In this white paper, learn how PCI-DSS 3.0 effects how you deploy and maintain PCI compliant networks using CradlePoint devices.
- Mitigating Security Risks at the Networks Edge This white paper provides strategies and best practices for distributed enterprises to protect their networks against vulnerabilities, threats, and malicious attacks.
- 5 Strategies for Modern Data Protection Read the five strategies for modern data protection that will not only help solve your current data management challenges but also ensure that...
- Business-driven data protection Setting up data protection infrastructures with your organizations' core mission or business in mind is key. In this webinar, the ARCserve team will...
- On-Demand Webinar: Mind the Gap! Watch the webinar featuring Bob Janssen, CTO and Co-Founder of RES Software, to start building a solid foundation for business and IT to... All Security White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!