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Regional info-sharing network takes hold in Oregon

A public/private partnership in Oregon focused on homeland security information-sharing this month became one of the first grassroots efforts to move from concept to reality — and is already planning for an expansion to other states. Oregon’s Regional Alliance for Information and Network Security (RAINS), a partnership of more than 60 technology companies and government agencies, on March 14 officially launched a secure data-sharing network called RAINS-Net. The network is the first by-product of an effort to accelerate the adoption of cutting-edge homeland security information technologies. “There are a lot of groups researching recipes for homeland security,” said Charles Jennings, CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Swan Island Networks Inc. and the founder and chairman of RAINS. “We decided just to make soup.” Full Story

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