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Top Secret Intranet: How U.S. Intelligence Built Intelink - the World's Largest, Most Secure Network Paperback – November 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Charles F. Goldfarb Series on Open Information Management
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (November 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130808989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130808981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This is a great book for spooks, spys, and other paranoids who have just finished Gralla's title (above) and work for a Fortune 500 company. It's not an easy read, but the text offers a fascinating look at the process of intranet development and the futuristic idea of "virtual intelligence." The CD-ROM includes sample Intelink software demos. Recommended for large central libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

TOP SECRET INTRANET

How U.S. Intelligence Built INTELINK - The World's Largest, Most Secure Network

The never-before-published story of Intelink

An inside look at the U.S. Intelligence Community's worldwide, super-secure intranet

The U.S. Intelligence Community has built one awesome intranet. "Intelink" integrates and disseminates virtually every piece of information that goes into intelligence gathering, reporting, and analysis at the CIA, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, FBI, and eight other top secret agencies to their "customers" - from the White House to the Warfighter. It's just about as secure as intranets can be. Now, for the first time, here's the inside story of how they did all that. Sure, there are a few things they can't tell you, but what they can tell you is utterly fascinating - especially if you've got your own intranet to build or manage.


* Building a maximum-security extranet to connect multiple independent organizations
* Implementation: what went smoothly - and what didn't
* Case studies: extending Intelink to new intelligence agencies and customers
* Security: encryption and access control issues
* U.S. Government network security efforts
* Cooperation with foreign governments
* Relevance to business covered in every chapter
* Future intranet tools

Someday your intranet will handle terabytes of data; Intelink is doing it right now. Discover how they've made their intranet secure, integrating HTML, SGML, XML, metadata, pull and push technologies, and collaboration tools to get exactly the right data to the right people at the right time. Then preview the U.S. Intelligence Community's revolutionary strategic plans for managing this information - and discover how you can use the same ideas to achieve competitive advantage. There's even a CD-ROM containing a demo of the actual Intelink interface, plus demo software, tools, metadata standards, training, and other information straight from Intelink. So put on your trenchcoat and dark glasses: you're going inside!

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Intelink is the classified, worldwide intranet for the U.S. Intelligence Community¾ linking together the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and 8 other intelligence organizations, including the FBI. Intelink is the subject of Frederick Thomas Martin's flashily titled Top Secret Intranet: How U.S. Intelligence Built Intelink¾ The World's Largest, Most Secure Network. Perhaps the most surprising revelation the book makes is that this very closed network was built entirely on open system standards like TCP/IP (the communication protocols of the Internet) and SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language, of which HTML¾ the hypertext presentation language of the World Wide Web¾ is an application). Indeed, Martin gets around to boldly stating that "Intelink is patterned after the global Internet."
"It was a dark and stormy night," Martin's introduction begins, and that is the best written sentence in the somewhat ponderously crafted and repetitious Intro¾the literary techniques of English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton otherwise conspicuous by their absence. Reading Martin's mushy acknowledgements, one quickly forms the impression of a book both written and vetted by a committee; indeed, one begins to question whether Martin's name should appear on the book at all. Martin recently retired from the NSA as Deputy Director of its Information Services Group.
But it gets better once we reach the book proper.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John B. Harlow on October 6, 1999
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Best reference of Intelink acronymns - for those who care.
Otherwise if you know what PKI, SGML and digital certificates are, this book is a bust. No discussion of impementation details. No discussion of firewalling, intrusion detection, encryption techniques (except to mention a few commonly known ones) or even VPNs.
Do they really use SSL and DES to protect our national secrets? That's scarier than a "dark and stormy night"!
Promises: "Security and Information techniques you can use right now" - no techniques here - just general discussion of common-sense principles
Promises: "Preview the future of intranets and extranets" - yeah right - from the newbies:
"AOL offers Internet access, updates on weather, email, news, sports, and stocks, multimedia entertainment, and their own search engine. Successful intranets like Intelink must have at their disposal a similar vast array of mission relevant tools" Page 160
Should Promise: "Interesting inside look at Gov. bureaucracy in action!"
Note: This book had to pass review by security agencies and this may be the reason it is so vapid.
Another Note: CD is somewhat interesting or I would have given this book a "0"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
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My familiarity with Intelink extends way back, and I was truly looking forward to this book. I was pleased to be able to read about a topic for which so little information is readily available. The CD-ROM alone is worth the price of the book: to be able to view and interact with an actual sampling of Intelink makes this book a very unique experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
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This book is right on the money in describing this classified network. The CD includes pages from the network (the pages were unclassified). His descriptions of the history of developing this network following the Gulf War are insightful. The author makes some points that the business world could benifit from the design of the intranet, a connection of many dissimilar agencies. I think his arguments fall short here.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
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I agree with the previous reviewer that this book is not the whole story of Intelink. There is a whole political dimension that is not discussed. However, if looked at as a discussion of technology rather than as an examination of cultural battles (which are ultimately more important and more interesting) it is a valuable book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
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I am a contractor associated with the Intelligence Community. This book has proven invaluable to me and my company, and I highly recommend it to anyone who deals with this area. The CD Rom contains previously unavailable information that was very helpful to me.
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