The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) is a strategic partnership between the U.S. government and the U.S. private industry that enhances communication and promotes the timely and effective exchange of security and intelligence information between the federal government and the private sector.
Its goal is to advance the FBI's mission of detecting, preventing, and deterring criminal acts by facilitating strong, enduring relationships among its private sector member companies, FBI Headquarters, FBI field offices, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters and Fusion Centers, and other federal government entities. DSAC also expands the U.S. private sector’s ability to protect its employees, assets, and information by providing ongoing access to security information and a network of security experts, as well as continuing education for corporate chief security officers (CSOs) and intelligence analysts.
In the fall of 2005, a steering committee composed of CSOs from a number of the country’s largest corporations began meeting with Bureau officials and members of the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) at FBI Headquarters. The committee’s objective was to create a domestic security organization modeled after OSAC to connect private sector security experts with each other and to serve as a vehicle for exchanging information with the Bureau. The FBI agreed to set up and lead this Domestic Security Alliance Council, which was officially approved by the FBI Director in December 2005.
In 2008, DHS joined the program, and in 2011, the DSAC program was formally elevated to the level of the FBI Director’s Office. In 2012, the inaugural DSAC charter was signed, which established the joint operation of DSAC by the FBI and DHS. Top executives from both agencies have committed resources to carry out the DSAC mission.
The DSAC program has grown to include more than 360 member companies representing almost every critical sector and over 50 unique business industries. DSAC member companies account for greater than 50 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and employ more than 20 million people.
DSAC increases coordination among FBI Headquarters divisions and FBI field offices to strengthen collaboration between the federal government and the private sector. A significant element of this approach involves strategically assessing, realigning, and maximizing private sector points of contact to improve the value of both internal and external partnerships. Working with both member company CSOs and Special Agents in Charge of local FBI field offices, DSAC hosts regular executive-level meetings and encourages greater collaboration, understanding, and alignment of local, state, and national security priorities.
Together with its partners, the Domestic Security Alliance Council looks forward to developing strategic and cohesive relationships between the FBI, DHS, and the private sector.