DHS' new network

The goal of the Homeland Security Information Network is to provide real-time network connections that will deliver up-to-date information and the ability to collaborate online to all homeland security officials, from the federal level down to local first responders. Its capabilities will include:

Reliable, persistent connectivity using 192-bit military-grade, end-to-end encryption of data.

Secure e-mail, collaboration tools, search and link/timeline analysis, and geospatial tools such as mapping and imagery

displays.

Scheduled and ad hoc updates with information such as strategic analysis of terrorism threats, tactics and weapons, and data on suspicious incidents or indications of possible incidents.

A repository of critical infrastructure protection information.

Studies and analyses of information gleaned from media resources.

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Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

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