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DHS’ David Alexander Highlights Value of Transactional Geospatial Data

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globeA Department of Homeland Security official has said DHS gains more value from what he calls “transactional” geospatial data than conventional imagery when the agency analyzes scenarios and their impact on national security, GCN reported Thursday.

Such transactional data “could be emerging threats from outside the nation to activities that are happening within the nation,” David Alexander, director of DHS’ geospatial management office, said at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium held June 24 in Washington.

“That’s not traditional geospatial information that you would obtain from looking at an image,” he added.

Alexander noted the agency has collaborated with nongovernmental organizations and federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services, in order to increase the availability of geospatial data that could be used to detect cyber risks, Derek Major wrote.

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