Intelligence community welcomes data sharing

Intelligence community welcomes data sharing

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

MAY 8—Intelligence agencies are embracing secure data sharing and collaboration as a way to smooth processes and provide their users with one-stop shopping for services and communications, several officials said during the Defense Department's Secure E-Business Summit yesterday in Arlington, Va.

Implementation of the Intelligence Community Systems Information Sharing (ICSIS) initiative is in Phase 1 and will likely take several years to complete, Defense Intelligence Agency systems architect Mike Swindle said. In July, management staff will be briefed on where the project stands, and they will then decide how to proceed, Swindle said.

'What this is going to do is set the tone for the intelligence community,' Swindle said. 'This is not just about technology. This is going to change our business processes.'

John E. Whiteford, acting chief information officer for the National Security Agency, said NSA supports sharing data and greater collaboration throughout the intelligence community to keep up with the rapid pace of information technology.

'We want data to be independent of the owner,' Whiteford said.

Major features planned for ICSIS include repositioning services and information into a common environment that's accessible from virtually anywhere; a public-key infrastructure; and a streamlined approach to data flow, from collector to producer to customer, Swindle said.

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