HSIN at a Glance

Who are HSIN Users?

This year, nearly 95,000 users across mission areas including critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, emergency management, intelligence, to law enforcement and public health, used HSIN to help keep our nation safe. Because HSIN also serves a vast set of jurisdictions, the program empowers its users to collaborate with a diverse set of partners and resources across the HSIN user base. HSIN users are categorized by the following sectors: federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international and private.

Those using HSIN every day, include:
A pie chart depicting total users by jurisdiction in FY 2017: Federal (26 percent), State (22 percent), Local (28 percent), Territorial (1.5 percent), Tribal (less than 1 percent), International (less than 1 percent), Private (18 percent), Not-for-Profit (4 percent).
  • Police officers and firefighters
  • Counter narcotics agents
  • Information officers, intelligence analysts and fusion center directors
  • Cybersecurity analysts and cyber intelligence analysts
  • Homeland security advisors
  • Emergency management directors
  • Critical infrastructure planners and risk analysts
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) analysts
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FEMA, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, TSA, U.S. Coast Guard, NPPD, FLETC

A bar graph depicting the total number of HSIN users year-over-year. From left-to-right: Dec 13 (22,497), Sep 14 (30,937), Sep 15 (52,530), Sep 16 (69,246), Sep 17 (94,000+).HSIN User Growth

Every year, HSIN increases information sharing capabilities to meet new and existing user needs, which is a key programmatic goal. FY 2017 saw a 36 percent increase in the HSIN user population, starting the fiscal year with more than 69,000 registered users and ending with more than 94,000 registered users. In terms of year-over-year growth, having started at 22,497 users in 2013, the total number of users has since quadrupled.

HSIN Provides Key Support During Presidential Inauguration

During the 58th Presidential Inauguration, HSIN served as the primary information sharing platform to support execution of security operations. HSIN provided information sharing subject matter experts who customized planning and operational tools that ensured approved users had the right access and training to meet mission needs. Partners deployed HSIN tools for real-time incident monitoring, secure collaboration capabilities and secure data exchange.

Did You Know?: HSIN’s operational geospatial data provided secure information feeds to 15 approved mission critical systems, and was a key component to the successful support of event security, crisis mitigation and incident management. It also hosted 150 geospatial layers from 20 federal, state and local partners.

Eclipse Watch Sets Best Practice for Small Jurisdictions

Millions of people traveled to the path of totality, a 70-mile wide strip of land that extended from Oregon to South Carolina. To facilitate information sharing and situational awareness among partners, HSIN established a Solar Eclipse community with multiple subsites for participating states and agencies. By establishing a single community for jurisdictions around the nation, HSIN facilitated mission success for a large number of partners and enabled cost savings by reducing or eliminating duplication of efforts at local levels.

"Individual pages were created for the 12 states in the path of the eclipse, along with a Federal coordination page. The site housed a tracker for gatherings and incidents, a document library, contact lists and an area for important announcements."

Official seal of the Department of Homeland SecurityTerrence Newsome
HSIN Mission Advocate

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Partnership with HSIN

The HSIN Program has set several goals to help build strong relationships with Tribal Nations, including: establishing a platform for tribal governments’ presence on HSIN; strengthening tribes’ abilities to collaborate with homeland security partners in support of tribes’ mission success; and enhancing operational capabilities with HSIN’s comprehensive set of secure information sharing tools.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Incident Management team uses HSIN for secure, real-time information sharing and collaboration for their first responder needs and to support public safety operations across the reservation, which includes luxury hotels, a gaming casino and other properties.

Did You Know?: In July, the SMSC used HSIN to support its Annual Wacipi, a ceremonial gathering of the tribe’s community. SMSC also used HSIN over the summer in support of several amphitheater concerts at Prior Lake.

HSIN and GMO Team Up on 'Sail Boston' Tall Ships Event

Mission partners used HSIN and DHS Geospatial Management Office mapping capabilities to support the 'Sail Boston' Tall Ships event. The FBI’s Boston Field Office, Massachusetts Commonwealth Fusion Center, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), Boston Police Department and Massachusetts State Police used HSIN to analyze shared intelligence. HSIN enabled seamless access to incidents and reports as well as high-resolution imagery and critical infrastructure information.

"This partnership will provide the BRIC and mission partners with superior levels of situational awareness, inform decision making, and greatly enable the planning, rehearsal, and execution phases of the event."

Official logo of the Boston Regional Intelligence CenterDavid Carabin
BRIC Director

HSIN is the Top-Seeded Team for Information Sharing at the NCAA® Tournament

HSIN kept fans safe at several sites of the men’s collegiate Division I basketball tournament, including the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona. HSIN’s information sharing role among public safety partners included providing tools such as HSIN Connect for secure messaging and collaboration. These capabilities allow stakeholders to access up-to-date information from a single common view and coordination point, allowing emergency personnel to efficiently and effectively manage their efforts.

Did You Know?: HSIN Mission Advocates were integral to the operation, conducting outreach to convene partners to work together using the same playbook. HSIN Mission Advocates also developed and refined the information sharing strategies needed to provide a front line of defense against potential threats.

A First for HSIN: Supporting the U.S. Open Golf Tournament in Wisconsin

HSIN enabled 22 federal, state and local agencies to join with private sector partners to support security at the U.S. Open golf tournament in Erin, Wisconsin. The DHS Geospatial Management Office worked with HSIN Mission Advocates to deliver a solution that provided live mapping of incidents at the event, which enabled the Joint Operations Command Center to easily track emergency service calls and provide clear operational direction.

"Having one centralized point to disseminate information made communications concise and consistent across all of the public safety entities, which ranged from local to state to federal and even civilian organizations."

Official seal of the State of WisconsinCaptain Martin Schulteis
Deputy Incident Commander for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office

HSIN Support Shows 'Anything is Possible' for IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

At the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, HSIN supported public safety operations for 23 partners including the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Coast Guard, Tennessee Fusion Center, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Office of Homeland Security. Officials used HSIN to display video from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, through an iPad to support situational awareness and risk mitigation activities.

"HSIN provided the Hamilton County Emergency Operations Center the ability to monitor activities and maintain an event log as situations happened."

Official logo of the Emergency Services and Homeland Security for Hamilton CountyTony Reavley
Director of Emergency Services and Homeland Security for Hamilton County