Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Building Blocks is a knowledge management tool designed to help ISE partners build responsible information sharing by reading and sharing best practices and lessons learned. Each Block supports the others and should be addressed to successfully establish an Information Sharing Capability consistent with national security and applicable legal standards relating to privacy and civil liberties. 

One key issue is how ISE partners might prevent, deter, and detect compromises of information by malicious insiders. Certain policies, reports, and approaches taken at the federal level may also inform the work in this area by state and local partners, including the private sector.

The toolkit assists data producers to create, extract, and deliver data quicker, while also improving its quality, consistency, timeliness, and availability. The complete toolkit is available for download here. Please assist us to improve the toolkit by sharing your feedback and lessons learned.

The toolkit features a four-phase approach:


In response to the U.S. government’s Data Aggregation Capabilities Applicable to Terrorism report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties (P/CL) Subcommittee of the Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee developed the Framework of Considerations for Streamlining the Terrorism-Related Information Sharing and Access Agreement Development Process and Incorporating Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Best Practices, in an effort to define a common methodology for developing information sharing and access agreements (ISAAs). 


The ISE EAF issuance provides a strategic roadmap to enable long-term business and technology standardization and information systems planning, investing, and integration in the ISE. The intent of the ISE EAF is to document and organize the ISE mission business goals and processes, services, data, and technologies, and other operational capabilities necessary to facilitate information sharing. The ISE EAF builds upon and leverages existing policies, business practices, and technologies in use by Federal, State, local and tribal (SLT) governments in a manner that fully protects the legal rights of all United States persons. 


The Geospatial Interoperability Reference Architecture (GIRA) is a reference architecture aligned with current federal policy, principles, and practices for enterprise architecture and further adds to the authoritative body of knowledge of geospatial architecture documentation.



HSIN Videos

Homeland Security Information Network users explain how the trusted network supports their homeland security mission operations to share sensitive but unclassified information.

ISE Training

Core Awareness Training provides an overview of the ISE and includes a significantly expanded discussion on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections.


ISE mission partners at all levels of government work to put safeguards in place to ensure the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of citizens.