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DHS Data Network Named Primary Non-Defense Info Resource

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano release a directive Friday aimed at reducing the distribution of classified information on terrorism, NextGov reported.

The directive will position DHS’ Homeland Secure Data Network as the U.S. government’s primary non-defense, secret level classified information network, according to NextGov.

It will also synchronize federal standards for accessing classified data across the government and private sectors.

President Obama called for the directive in an August 2010 executive order on sharing information with state, local, tribal and private sector entities.

The order also mandates that other confidential networks, like the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, can consolidate with DHS’ network to share information with authorized users, NextGov reported.

Then-Secretary Michael Chertoff established the Homeland Secure Data Network in 2005 to create consistency between multiple executive orders, statutes and regulations supporting information sharing nationwide.

On March 7, an interagency team of 11 officials from defense and civilian agencies met to discuss the the possibilities and outcomes of cyber attacks on the U.S. government.

John Brennan, White House deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism, lead the briefing.

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