Colorado Information Analysis Center

Colorado Information Analysis Center

 

CIAC Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Colorado Information Analysis Center is to provide an integrated, multi-disciplined, information sharing network to collect, analyze, and disseminate information to stakeholders in a timely manner in order to protect the citizens and the critical infrastructure of Colorado.


CIAC Role in Homeland Security

 

In response to the September 11th attacks, the United States has created specialized agencies to coordinate efforts to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and prosecute acts of terrorism.

 

The Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) is designed to be a cross-jurisdictional partnership between local, state, and federal agencies - including private sector participation when appropriate. This center provides for one central point in Colorado for the collection, analysis, and timely dissemination of terrorism-related information. Information is distributed from the CIAC in the form of daily reports, special reports, and bulletins to numerous agencies representing a multitude of disciplines.

 

Terrorism cannot be completely eliminated. However, through efficient use of resources, the impact of terrorist actions can be reduced. The CIAC will emphasize detection, prevention, and information driven response to protect the citizens and critical infrastructure of Colorado. This counter terrorism effort is centralized in order to enhance inter-agency cooperation and expedite information flow.

 

CIAC Major Objectives

 

The Colorado Information Analysis Center is charged with the responsibility of coordinating with local, state, and federal agencies to detect and prevent terrorist threats, terrorist acts, and other terrorist activities. It has adopted the following mission objectives:

  • Provide tactical and strategic collection, analysis, and dissemination of information to local, state, and federal public safety agencies.

 

  • Develop and maintain state level terrorism warning and communication systems in Colorado to include maintenance of a secure portal for the exchange of information to law enforcement and public and private stakeholder agencies that support homeland security efforts.

 

  • Develop and disseminate an on-going threat analysis for the State of Colorado and its critical infrastructure.

 

  • Organize terrorism-related information into intelligence products that can be used by both local decision makers and emergency responders.

 

  • Preserve, protect, and restore critical data in the event of a homeland security attack, natural disaster, or other interruption.

 

  • Identify procedures for developing, evaluating, approving, disseminating, and maintaining standards to ensure secure and appropriate criminal justice information exchange.

 

  • Maintain direct liaison with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, with the U.S. Attorney's Office Anti-Terrorism Task Force, and with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies regarding ongoing investigations and items of interest.

 

  • Provide necessary training on intelligence and the role of Colorado's citizens and public safety professionals (including peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders) in preventing terrorist attacks.

 

  • Communicate information sharing initiatives, progress, and successes to stakeholders in order to foster collaboration.

 

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