Six years after the Homeland Security Department started operations, integrating the information technology systems of its 22 formerly separate agencies remains a primary, ongoing information security project for DHSâ€™ senior leadership.
The integration and consolidation of DHSâ€™ existing IT systems and architecture have proven difficult for many of the same reasons that other agencies have encountered. However, unlike other administrative tasks at DHS, IT management and information security can have an immediate effect on a DHS component agencyâ€™s operational performance. In addition, the IT programs at individual agencies were tied to each agencyâ€™s culture, mission and history. (FCW)