The IJIS Institute led the development of the Information Sharing and Safeguarding (IS&S) Environment Playbook to address the question, “if we need to create an IS&S environment and have the resources, what do we do next?”
This question got the Program Manager of Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) leadership and the Standards Coordinating Council (SCC) members thinking about the lack of guidance for communities of interest from different missions (including all levels of governments and industry) to standup their own IS&S environment. At the request of the PM-ISE leadership, the IJIS Institute was asked to review the U.S. Digital Services Playbookhttps://playbook.cio.gov/ and develop something similar for the IS&S environment. Within a few weeks the IS&S Environment Playbook was born and now resides on the SCC’s website at http://www.standardscoordination.org/iss-playbook.
The IS&S Environment Playbook used the U.S. Digital Services Playbook as the foundational framework and extends on the key principles required to create and sustain an IS&S environment. The Playbook identifies 15 key plays based on field experience, best practices, and standards identified by the government and the private sector.
The IS&S Environment Playbook is meant to be flexible for all types of users. It is functional at a starting-from-scratch level; however, the Playbook is also intended to allow users at any point in their process to pick up the document, identify where they are in the process, and then move forward. For organizations in beginning stages, the plays serve as a roadmap and incorporate the tried and tested processes of more experienced communities. For more advanced users, the plays that are before a point of entry still may have relevance to a development effort and may contain ideas and actions to improve a development process. In addition, the IS&S Environment Playbook is iterative. Users may complete a play and then have to go back to it as more is learned later in a development effort. Users may have a phased development approach that brings the project back to a certain point in the plays as phase milestones are crossed.
This IJIS Institute developed the IS&S Environment Playbook for all kinds of mission partners (such as law enforcement, public safety, intelligence, homeland security, and many others) who want to get together to address the IS&S challenges and develop communities of practice that can use and reuse these plays to advance IS&S mission. Considering this broad range of users with varying missions, the Playbook promotes the application of privacy and civil liberties controls, data transparency, and responsible information sharing as stated in the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding (https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012sharingstrategy_1.pdf) in the creation of an IS&S environment.
The IS&S Environment Playbook can be accessed at http://www.standardscoordination.org/iss-playbook and feedback is definitely encouraged! You can submit your feedback via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the structured feedback form online at http://www.standardscoordination.org/content/iss-environment-playbook-structured-feedback.