Cisco, Microsoft, EMC form government-data alliance

Aim is to develop government-wide architecture to protect and share sensitive government information.

Cisco Systems, Microsoft and EMC said on Tuesday they have formed an alliance to develop technology for protecting and sharing sensitive government information.

The technology, called the Secure Information Sharing Architecture or SISA, will allow government agencies to better communicate while protecting content from being lost or stolen, the companies said.

Technology to protect information has historically been enforced system-by-system, the companies said. SISA will allow agencies to set up networks that enable users of different computer systems to access the same information.

An example is data on pandemics, which is stored by different agencies and by the private sector, Cisco, EMC and Microsoft said in a statement.

The partners are providing the core commercial off-the-shelf technology for the project, they said. Cost estimates were not disclosed.

Three other companies in the alliance are Liquid Machines, Swan Island Networks and Canada's Titus Labs. Management consulting specialist Addx Corp. will manage the alliance.

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