CISA Releases Document Suite Exploring the Value of Federated ICAM in Different Public Safety Scenarios

WASHINGTON – Today, CISA released the Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Value Proposition Suite of documents in collaboration with SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). This suite of five (5) documents introduces ICAM concepts, explores federated ICAM use-cases, and highlights the potential benefits for the public safety community.

Specifically, the ICAM Value Proposition Suite includes:

  • ICAM Value Proposition Overview – a high-level summary of federated ICAM benefits and domain-specific scenarios covered by other documents in the suite;
  • ICAM Value Proposition Scenario: Hurricane Response – presents federated ICAM use cases and potential benefits for disaster response operations such as hurricanes;
  • ICAM Value Proposition Scenario: Drug Response – outlines federated ICAM use cases and information sharing benefits for large-scale drug overdose epidemic (e.g., opioid, methamphetamine, and cocaine) prevention and response;
  • ICAM Value Proposition Scenario: School Shooting Response – provides federated ICAM use cases and information sharing benefits for an active shooter scenario (e.g., school shooting); and
  • ICAM Value Proposition Scenario: Bombing Response – illustrates information sharing benefits observed during the March 2018 Austin serial bombings.

Public safety communications require innovative techniques to manage information sharing risks between operational partners. Federated ICAM is an important cybersecurity component that allows agencies to securely access resources across existing systems and emerging platforms. The public safety community is encouraged to examine how federated ICAM can add value to existing information sharing workflows and review its applicability across the emergency communications ecosystem. To learn more about ICAM and other helpful resources, visit

About ODNI

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) established the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) and granted it the authority to plan, oversee, and manage the Information Sharing Environment. PM-ISE was placed within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Partner Engagement (PE) to better coordinate the office's terrorism-related information sharing mission with the Director of National Intelligence’s (DNI) mission to improve intelligence information sharing. PE-ISE leverages information sharing capabilities to focus on terrorism, homeland security, and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction missions.

About GTRI

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy, and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry. GTRI and Georgia Tech combine the best of both applied and basic research to solve the innovation equation on behalf of clients.


As communications and information sharing technologies advance, the public safety community faces an increasing amount of ICAM challenges. Recognizing the importance of ICAM solutions in emergency response, SAFECOM and NCSWIC established a joint working group to provide the public safety community with leadership, education, and guidance on ICAM. SAFECOM and NCSWIC are supported by CISA.

About CISA

CISA works with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. CISA enhances public safety interoperable communications at all levels of government to help partners across the country develop their emergency communications capabilities. Working with stakeholders across the country, CISA conducts extensive, nationwide outreach to support and promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.



Last Published Date: October 26, 2021