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Stefaan Verhulst, Markle's Chief of Research, attends "International Pathways to Cybersecurity" as part of the EastWest Institute's 7th Worldwide Security Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The event addresses the practicalities of meeting new security threats as it assembles leading policymakers, specialists, business executives, community leaders, and journalists from around the globe.
The Information Technology & Information Foundation hosts the panel discussion "Counterterrorism 2.0: Using IT to Connect the Dots" at ITIF in Washington, DC. Panelists include several members of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. The discussion focuses on the role of IT in the intelligence community, the barriers to IT system upgrades, and what additional steps Congress and the administration can take to ensure that our intelligence analysts and law enforcement agents have the tools they need to keep us safe.
The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age shares its vision for how information can be effectively shared among the agencies responsible for protecting the nation's security. As the second part to the 2003 Task Force Visualization, this 22-minute video continues with the bioterror threat scenario used to illustrate how information would be evaluated and communicated under recommended Task Force procedures. To view a full-screen version of the video, please select the button at the lower right of the player. Learn more about Markle's work in National Security.
Making Information Discoverable and Accessible In the wake of 9/11, the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age was first convened to determine how best to make information discoverable and accessible to the right officials at the right time to enable improved decision making with regard to major security threats against our nation. The guiding principles of the Markle Task Force have included the following: Enhancing and augmenting our nation's security while protecting the established civil liberties of all citizens. Creating a trusted information sharing environment that fosters sharing and collaboration among those with information pertaining to potential national security threats, where policies and technologies are developed in tandem, and where security is enhanced and civil liberties are preserved. Transforming the government's business processes by applying the strengths of networked technologies while mitigating its potentially harmful effects. From 2002 to 2012, the Markle Task Force has offered a broad vision and detailed recommendations on the key policy and technology issues affecting the creation of a trusted information environment. Many of these recommendations have been adopted by executive order and incorporated in two pieces of federal legislation.
Implementing a Trusted Information Sharing Environment Since 2002, the Markle Task Force has helped our nation move closer to the implementation of a trusted, government-wide information sharing environment, providing a set of detailed recommendations on the key policy and technology issues affecting its implementation. Each initiative culminated with the release of a major report or paper, each of which is described below.
The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age shares its vision for how information can be effectively shared among the agencies responsible for protecting the nation's security. In this 15-minute video, a bioterror threat scenario is used to illustrate how information would be evaluated and communicated under recommended Task Force procedures. To view a full-screen version of the video, please select the button at the lower right of the player. Learn more about Markle's work in National Security.
This issue of The CIP Report featuresan articlebythe MarkleTask Force on National Security in the Information Agein which they comment on the importance of mobilizing information to prevent terrorism. The article, "Meeting the Threat of Terrorism: Information Sharing and a Virtual Reorganization of Government to Improve National Security," includes a number of suggestions for the virtual reorganization of government, which would improve the flow of information and enhance national security.
The Markle Task Force explores ways in which we can organize people at all levels—from neighborhoods to federal agencies—and develop innovative technologies that will allow us to mobilize information to better prevent terrorist attacks in the U.S., reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, minimize damage, and recover from attacks that may occur. This report also examines the potential of the Department of Homeland Security as a central hub for the collection and analysis of information.
The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Ageprovides guidelines and recommendationsfor the creation and implementation of a trusted information sharing network for homeland security. The Markle Task Force wrote, "In this report, we reaffirm the principles of our first report and offer greater detail on how we believe the government should create networks for information collection, sharing, analysis, and use across federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector, while preserving—and even enhancing—privacy and other civil liberties."
In October, the Oquirrh Institute held the 2002 Olympic Security Review Conference to determine what went well and what could have been done more effectively at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The 60 conference participants identified seven principles learned from the Olympics that can be applied to homeland security. This report is a discussion of those lessons.
In testimony to the Select Committee on Homeland Security of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Ageoutlines the key feature of the SHARE Network and stresses the need for strong oversight and continual engagement in the implementation of this system. The Markle Task Force comments, "Fortunately, by capitalizing on America’s technological capabilities, we can begin to make our nation safer. Using currently available technology, the government can set up a network that streamlines operational and decision-making processes and substantially improves our ability to share information in order to prevent terrorist attacks."
This response acknowledges that the Executive Orders are an important step toward the creation of a trusted information network, but communicates that more needs to be done by the president and Congress to improve collaboration and to achieve both national security and the protection of civil liberties.