The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is a national secure and trusted web-based portal for information sharing and collaboration between federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and international partners engaged in the homeland security mission.
HSIN is made up of a growing network of communities, called Communities of Interest (COI). COIs are organized by state organizations, federal organizations, or mission areas such as emergency management, law enforcement, critical sectors, and intelligence. Users can securely share within their communities or reach out to other communities as needed. HSIN provides secure, real-time collaboration tools, including a virtual meeting space, instant messaging and document sharing. HSIN allows partners to work together instantly, regardless of their location, to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate.
HSIN offers many dynamic capabilities including:
- 24/7 availability
- Document Libraries
- Instant-messaging tool
- Web conferencing
- Incident reporting
- Common Operational Picture (COP) provides situational awareness and analysis
- Integrated Common Analytical Viewer (iCAV) gives geographical visualization
- Discussion Boards
- Task Lists
- Requests For Information/For Your Information (RFIs/FYIs)
- Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds
- Online training materials
HSIN Communities of Interest
This list provides an overview of all HSIN Communities of Interest (COI) and general information on membership requirements. To find a COI, please search by Sponsoring Entities and the Mission area you support. Read the complete list of HSIN COIs (PDF - 14 pages, 410 KB).
State and Local
Membership in HSIN is COI-based. To become a member, first decide which COI(s) meet your needs. If you need additional information, please contact the Mission Advocate listed as the POC for a particular COI(s), or e-mail the HSIN program at HSIN.Outreach@HQ.DHS.gov.
Once you have identified the COI of interest to you, you will need to be nominated and vetted into the COIs. This process will require that you provide the following information on the HSIN membership application:
- A valid e-mail address
- Valid Contact Information
You may obtain an application by sending a request to HSIN.Outreach@hq.dhs.gov. Once nominated, the COI Validating Authority will review your membership application and approve or deny your admission to the COI. If the application is approved, an email will be sent to you with instructions on how to log onto HSIN for the first time.
The Department chartered the Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee (HSINAC) in 2007 to provide advice and recommendations to homeland security leadership and the HSIN program. The committee is composed of up to 20 members from the different homeland security mission areas: federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement; emergency management; fire services; public health; and the private sector. Read and download meeting minutes, recommendations, the charter and bylaws, and other committee communications.