Mapping the Risks: Assessing Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

Mapping the Risks: Assessing Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

Mapping the Risks: Assessing Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

Mapping the Risks: Assessing Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

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This report assesses the homeland security implications of publicly available geospatial data and information. Specifically, it seeks to frame the analytical issues concerning whether and how dis type of data and information that is available from U.S. government sources can be exploited by terrorists and other adversaries seeking to attack U.S. critical infrastructure and other key homeland locations. We give particular attention to surveying and characterizing these federal data and information within the broader context of diverse publicand private-sector producers of potentially relevant geospatial information.

The analysis presented in this report should be of interest to U.S. government decisionmakers and analysts concerned with homeland security, geosparial information, and the security risks that could arise from publicly accessible information. This report presents a framework for analysis that could be helpful to U.S. federal government decisionmakers responsible for developing and revising agency data policies that concern public access to geospatial data and information sources. Although the report mainly focuses on federal geospatial information sources, the analytical framework could be relevant to other decisionmakers and analysts at the state and local government levels, and those in the private sector, who deal with similar issues.

As noted in the following memorandum for the record, this research was undertaken for the National Geospatial-Intelligence . . .

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