IT integration key to U.S. security

Tuesday, 18 June 2002, 5:11 AM EST

The cabinet-level department would combine tens of thousands of federal officials from up to 100 agencies under one command structure. It would focus exclusively on all aspects of homeland security, including terrorism defense, cybersecurity and protection of critical infrastructure.

The mammoth project to integrate a multitude of stovepipe systems - while maintaining the security of compartmentalized information - would be overseen by the U.S. Department of Defense's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO).

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