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.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity
    Shutterstock photo id 669226093 By Gorodenkoff

    The disinformation game

    The federal government is poised to bring new tools and strategies to bear in the fight against foreign-backed online disinformation campaigns, but how and when they choose to act could have ramifications on the U.S. political ecosystem.

  • FCW PERSPECTIVES
    sensor network (agsandrew/Shutterstock.com)

    Are agencies really ready for EIS?

    The telecom contract has the potential to reinvent IT infrastructure, but finding the bandwidth to take full advantage could prove difficult.

  • People
    Dave Powner, GAO

    Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT

    The GAO director of information technology issues is leaving government after 16 years. On his way out the door, Dave Powner details how far govtech has come in the past two decades and flags the most critical issues he sees facing federal IT leaders.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.