Protecting Our Nation Through Information Sharing

Protecting Our Nation Through Information Sharing

Close cooperation between the different levels of government, private sectors and foreign partners is necessary to promote timely and effective information sharing in a responsible and secure way.

"Our national security depends on our ability to share the right information, with the right people, at the right time.”- National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (2013)

Sharing information across agencies is complex. Legacy systems are old and hard to modify. Privacy concerns are a huge barrier, even when the technology is not a challenge.  Stakeholders have different goals and need different information to successfully perform their missions. Budgets are more limited than ever.
To make information sharing projects successful, we bring a team of passionate and knowledgeable homeland security professionals that understands the stakeholders (e.g., other agencies, the Intelligence Community, and State and Local Officials) and challenges (e.g., privacy impact assessments, technology standards, legacy systems) surrounding the sharing and safeguarding of information. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners depend on effective and timely information sharing in the fields of intelligence, border management, immigration, and transportation security.

Stakeholder management and collaboration, where the team understands each stakeholder’s goals and mission, is a key success factor – both among different government agencies and with our foreign partners – to establish a repeatable process enabling them to exchange and share information. Through our strategic and technologic capabilities, we have hands-on experience in designing, developing, testing, and implementing solutions. For example, we have direct experience using the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) between DHS and other agencies.
For more on information sharing and safeguarding, visit the Information Sharing Environment website.

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Cristina Cajigas | Cristina is a strategy and communications analyst with experience in strategic and organizational planning, communications development, data analyzing and processing, and document management. Cristina is passionate about homeland security and intelligence. She has specialized interest in international law, security policy, border protection, and emergency management. Cristina is bilingual in Spanish and English.

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