GISAC


The Georgia Information Sharing & Analysis Center (GISAC) is one of 72 U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated fusion centers in the country created by state and local agencies to enhance communication and information flow between local, state, and federal agencies. GISAC serves as the primary repository for the State of Georgia homeland security intelligence. With representatives from eight state and local agencies and a network of public and private sector partnerships, GISAC facilitates the collection of thousands of pieces of homeland security information and intelligence from diverse sources. GISAC then organizes and fits those pieces of information with existing intelligence to produce an actionable intelligence picture. GISAC also creates and distributes intelligence bulletins and assessments to share relevant information with law enforcement, public safety, and private sector partners throughout the state.


ORIGIN
The Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) was created on October 24, 2001 simultaneously with the Georgia Homeland Security Task Force and the appointment of the state’s Homeland Security Coordinator.

MISSION
GISAC’s primary mission is to serve as the state’s focal point for the collection, assessment, analysis, and dissemination of terrorism intelligence relating to Georgia.

GISAC coordinates the efforts of state and federal agencies in Georgia, in cooperation with local partners, to share resources and intelligence in order to effectively identify, detect, mitigate, prevent and respond to terrorist activity. GISAC does not replace or duplicate the counter-terrorism functions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); rather, GISAC’s efforts to collect information from state and local sources ensures greater availability and integration of information from those sources. GISAC enhances lead development and improves the analysis of existing information by identifying state-wide trends and intelligence gaps. GISAC also ensures other state and local agencies receive federal bulletins and assessments relevant to their areas of responsibility.

COMPOSITION
GISAC is composed of personnel representing the following agencies and organizations:

Georgia Emergency Management Agency / Office of Homeland Security (GEMA/OHS)
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)
Georgia Department of Public Safety / Georgia State Patrol (GSP)
Georgia Sheriff’s Association (GSA)
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP)
Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC)
Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)
Georgia Government of Human Services (DHS)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


COLLABORATION
GISAC works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement, public safety and homeland security agencies as well as private sector organizations. Connectivity with these agencies is at the core of GISAC’s ability to analyze, correlate, validate, and disseminate critical intelligence. GISAC is committed to developing partnerships in both the public and private sectors in order to establish a comprehensive action plan to detect, deter, and defend Georgia against potential acts of terrorism.

Atlanta Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
Counter Terrorism Task Force (CTTF)
The Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project (GTIP)
Southern Shield
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Private Sector
In addition to working with law enforcement agencies throughout the state, GISAC works with private sector organizations, a critical component of the development of actionable intelligence. Agencies and corporations in the private sector oversee the majority of Georgia’s critical infrastructure and interact with the public on a daily basis. These corporations are able to provide valuable information to GISAC including reports of incidents at their facilities that might otherwise go unreported. By establishing direct communication with companies and specific facilities, GISAC is able to provide the most effective assessment of an incident possible and provide the appropriate response.


Open Source Report
The GISAC produces The Open Source Report, which is a weekly summary of open-source information concerning terrorism and infrastructure issues of interest to the Georgia homeland security community. Click here to subscribe to the GISAC Open Source Report RSS.

General Information
Leadership - Michael Newman
Contact - (404) 486 6420