While information sharing has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, there is still much work to be done. The ever-evolving dangers of our complex world demand that national security and public safety professionals acquire the skills to effectively share and safeguard information, both domestically and with international partners.
An authoritative source of direction and guidance, the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (NSISS) conveys the steps necessary to achieve more effective integration and implementation of policies, processes, standards, and technologies that promote secure and responsible national security information sharing.
Three guiding principles form the foundation of the NSISS:
- Information is a national asset: In addition to gathering, storing, and using information to complete their own missions, departments and agencies must view information as a national asset to be shared with other agencies, departments, and partners who have a national security mission – all while protecting individual rights.
- Information sharing and safeguarding requires shared risk management: To achieve responsible information sharing, risk must be managed, not avoided. Shared policies and standards, increased awareness and training, effective governance, and enhanced accountability assist agencies and departments to both share and manage the risk associated with information sharing.
- Information informs decision making: The value of information sharing is measured by its contribution to proactive decision making. Informed decision making requires the ability to discover, retrieve, and use accurate, timely, relevant, and actionable information. The policies, guidelines, standards, and frameworks promulgated by this Strategy will strengthen our leaders' abilities to make proactive, informed decisions.
The NSISS also sets forth five goals:
- Drive collective action through collaboration and accountability
- Improve information discovery and access through shared standards
- Optimize mission effectiveness through shared services and interoperability
- Strengthen information safeguarding through structural reform, policy, and technical solutions
- Protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties through consistency and compliance
As we execute the Strategy together, we will harness our collective resolve to treat information as a national asset, make it discoverable and retrievable by all authorized users, and arm those charged with preserving the security of our nation with all information available to drive decisions that protect our country and its people. Only as we work together, hold ourselves accountable, and take concerted ownership of advancing our goals, will we achieve the success our country rightfully demands and fully deserves.