DHS information-sharing network development slow according to officials
| 05.30.2007 | 09:14:14 | Views: 4555 | ID:
May 30 '07: The main information-sharing network for the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Security Information Network, needs more focus and cooperation from the private sector if it is to success as an efficient and reliable source of intelligence, security experts told Washington Technology reported.
According to WashTech, "HSIN is the department's main external network. It links DHS with 17,5000 users in state and local agencies and the private sector." The $75 million network, WashTech continued, "is experiencing fundamental problems, including duplication with other state and local systems, sporadic use and the lack of a clear mission, according to recent government audits."Reasons for the problems, experts said, was a rush to develop the system without prior research into its usability and already-existing networks such as the Regional Information Sharing System and the Joint Regional Information Exchange System. Many of those shortcomings were detailed in a 2006, the Government Accountability Office report. However, officials said that there are some signs the network is improving. "DHS is starting to make improvements to HSIN by hiring a program manager, identifying user needs, setting up an advisory committee and developing performance metrics," WashTech reported. "The hurdle that DHS must overcome is in appearing to demand more information from HSIN users than it provides to them. ... Instead, it must ensure it is building a two-way street with users."
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