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DHS network may link to others

Homeland Security Department officials are considering using the classified network they are developing to link state and local governments as well as federal civilian agencies, a top official said today. Steve Cooper, the chief information officer for DHS, told a breakfast meeting for private industry that discussions are underway to make multiple uses of the Homeland Secure Data Network (HSDN), which is being built under a $350 million contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp. in April. He likened the idea to the Defense Department’s classified Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNET). He said there likely would be gateways between the civilian and defense networks if the idea proves feasible.Full Story

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