Homeland Security Information Network

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The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is a web-based platform, run by the Department of Homeland Security, which is designed to allow local, state, tribal, and federal government agencies to share "Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)" information with each other over a secure channel.[1][2][3]

The HSIN provides three main functional categories. First, it provides a SharePoint web portal system which allows agencies and events to have a basic workspace for collaboration. Second, it provides a Jabber chat system, with user managed rooms. Third, it provides the Common Operational Picture, a custom executive situational awareness web application based on Oracle HTML DB.[4]

The Department of Homeland Security has publicly announced that the network has so far been hacked at least twice in 2009—once in March and once in April.[5]

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  1. ^ "Homeland Security Information Network". Department of Homeland Security (official site). Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Homeland Security Information Network". FEMA (official site). Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "GAO-07-822T Information Technology: Homeland Security Information Network" (PDF). US Government Accountability Office (GAO). Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Theresa. "HSIN Overview". DisasterHelp. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Bain, Ben (May 13, 2009). "Information-sharing platform hacked". Federal Computer Week. Retrieved 18 December 2009.