DHS deploys secret state and local net

The Homeland Security Department is deploying a new 'secret' data network to pass classified information to hundreds of state and local officials, DHS officials said at a congressional hearing late last month.

The Homeland Security Information Network-Secret (HSIN-Secret) is an 'immediate, inexpensive and temporary approach to reach state and local homeland security and law enforcement sites that can receive secret-level information,' Matthew Broderick, director of the Homeland Security Operations Center, told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

The new network is operating and will continue to do so until the DHS secret-level backbone, called the Homeland Security Data Network, is running in fiscal 2007, Broderick said.

The HSIN-Secret classified network is being deployed and tested at 50 state emergency operations centers and 18 additional state and local law enforcement sites. It is available on dedicated notebook computers to officials who have received special clearances from DHS.

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