Homeland Security Wants Better Integration

Department of Homeland Security CIO says information technology systems are going to have to start operating cohesively in order to fight terrorism as effectively as possible.

Steven I. Cooper, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, this week said information technology systems are going to have to start operating cohesively in order to fight terrorism as effectively as possible. While theres been much speculation on the agencys need for advanced technologies to track and disrupt terrorists, Cooper said many of Homeland Securitys technology priorities are of the significantly less flashy variety.

"If we cant send classified e-mails from one undersecretary to another undersecretary, or undersecretary to [the department] secretary, Id argue weve got a bit of a problem," Cooper said.

The agency got an "F" in an Internet security report card issued by a congressional subcommittee in December.

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