PCII takes on new partners, issues new rules

Published 30 November 2006

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information brings aboard Massachusetts, California, Texas, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; new rules address privacy and data submission concerns

The Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) program, a DHS effort to encourage private industry to share its sensitive security-related business information with the federal government, took on four new partners this week: the states of Massachusetts, California and Arizona, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PCII accreditation will allow these entities to access secure databases containing the private data submitted by industry in order to make their own assessments of local security needs. DHS also issued a final rule setting forth substantially revised regulations for the handling and safeguarding of PCII.

These include greater protection against disclosures, a simplified submission process, and expedited access to and validation of information.

-read more in this Neptune Technology Group report ; and DHS PCII Web site