DHS distributes IT application

The Homeland Security Department has deployed a Web-based database system to assist in protecting critical infrastructure to agencies in 29 states, department officials said.

The Constellation/Automated Critical Asset Management System is a secure online database and database management platform that enables collection and management of data about critical infrastructure and key resources, according to a news release.

The system, which began distribution in 2006, also provides for cataloging screening and sorting the data, producing tailored infrastructure reports, developing preparedness and response plans.

To date, DHS has provided 2,018 state and local users with increased analytical capabilities for critical infrastructure security and the ability to view geospatial infrastructures and resources data, the department said.

Key features of the system include programmable, role-based access; a comprehensive asset inventory and management tool, robust mapping and geospatial functionality, and document library and storage facilities, DHS said.

DHS provides the system to state and local agencies at no cost to help implement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, which covers 17 sectors including energy, water, transportation and information technology.

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