Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DHS Releases New Information-sharing Guidance

Lipowicz, Alice. "DHS Releases New Information-sharing Guidance." Federal Computer Week, March 12, 2012.

From the article: "The Homeland Security Department is distributing new guidance on how it will apply consistent security standards for the sharing of classified threat information with state, local and private sector partners.

The 88-page document describes DHS’ role in setting and overseeing standards for secure access, secure communications and secure storage and handling of classified documents. The guidance “also maintains consistency with existing policies and standards promulgated through statutes, executive orders, regulations, and other directives,” according to a news release.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano released an implementing directive on March 9 that she said will strengthen cross-agency sharing by “instilling uniformity and consistency” in the handling of top secret federal information about possible threats. …Napolitano’s order seeks to implement the president’s executive order of August 2010 to promote consistent standards for federal information-sharing of classified information with state, local and tribal governments and private sector entities."  Read more

See Also
Classified National Security Information Program for State, Local, Tribal and Private Sector Entities Implementing Directive, prepared by the Department of Homeland Security, February 2012.