The Department of Homeland Security has begun to deploy a new system designed to help DHS facilitate data sharing and collaboration with other federal agencies and organizations through the Homeland Security Information Network.
DHS’ science and technology directorate provided funds to help Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and cloud-based platform provider Queralt build the Backend Attribute Exchange tool, DHS said Thursday.
The Backend Attribute Exchange system works to streamline the process of verification and identification of individuals’ credentials between different agencies or organizations.
“Ensuring the identity of network users is critical to sharing information securely,” said Reginald Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.
At least 55,000 individuals use HSIN to carry out planning and response operations in support of national security missions, the department noted.