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Retailers are among the industry groups being invited to join a recent incarnation of the federal Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) specifically intended for critical infrastructure owners and operators and designed to help share unclassified information to guard against terrorist attacks.
The National Retail Federation has recruited executives from nearly 100 retail companies to participate in the network, called HSIN-CL, the trade group said in a press release. In addition, Joseph LaRocca, the federation’s vice president of loss prevention, was selected by a senior group within the Homeland Security Department to serve on the network’s governance board.
“HSIN is a terrific tool for retailers to use to help protect the safety of their companies through the additional communication vehicle to and from the Department of Homeland Security,” LaRocca said in a press release.
“In today’s political climate it is important for the public and private sectors to work together in protecting the United States from terrorism,” Art F. Fierro, special assistant to the director of DHS’ Homeland Security Operations Center, which operates the network, said in a statement distributed by the retail group.
The information network is a composite of several regional networks that share information among law enforcement, fire departments, local government agencies and businesses.
The network sends real-time information to its members, according to the retail federation release. Participants also may use the system “to discuss day-to-day security issues” and “to share information on suspicious activities with federal authorities.”