Cyber Security Brainstorm
October 16, 2013: The City Club of Washington at Columbia Square in Washington D.C from 8 to 10 a.m. More details to come. This executive roundtable discussion is complimentary for government attendees, space is limited. RSVP to Lisa Futterman at email@example.com.
CYBER SECURITY RESOURCES
The Cyber Security Download provides government cyber security professionals with information on upcoming initiatives to help the Federal government to clearly define and realize its cyber security goals. Issues contain updates on the latest cyber news, upcoming events, and additional operational content. Read the full issue here.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is sifting through close to 250 public comments as it begins to craft a cyber security framework designed to help protect the nation's critical infrastructure. At the end of February, NIST released a request for information asking industry and other stakeholders for input on how they manage cyber security risk, what international standards they use, and what methods and technologies they have in place to protect their systems. Read the full story here.
Speedier networks and ever-increasing amounts of data have underscored the need for more storage – and for a better way to manage and analyze the cyber security data that agencies collect.
As agencies move to faster networks such as 10 gigabits per second speeds and embrace mobile and cloud technology, it becomes a challenge to not only secure their networks, but also to collect the right cyber data, store it, analyze it, and use it to improve their risk posture, said Lee Vorthman, Cyber Practice Lead, NetApp U.S. Public Sector. "At the end of the day, it has to mean something to decision makers." Click here for the full story.
Since its launch last year, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Network Resilience Division has become a focal point for the government's continuous monitoring efforts. The Federal government should tackle information sharing as a top cyber security priority this year. That's the view of John Jolly, vice president and general manager of the cyber systems division of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. View the full profile here.
Since its launch last year, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Network Resilience Division has become a focal point for the government's continuous monitoring efforts. The Federal Network Resilience Division, or FNR, operates alongside the four other divisions of DHS' Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). Those divisions are charged with boosting the security, resilience, and reliability of the country's information technology and communications infrastructure. FNR's specific role is to carry out functions that the Federal Network Security Branch previously performed. The division also takes on new projects associated with the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, which aims to improve the security of ".gov" internally managed networks. Click here to read the full profile.
On Tuesday, February 12, President Barack Obama signed an executive order seeking better protection of the country's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks; a topic that has been an ongoing hot button issue for national security. This order comes after last years failed attempt by Congress to pass a law addressing continuing electronic attacks on the networks of U.S. companies and government agencies. The order will increase information sharing on cyber threats, define standards and recommendations, as well as clearly define responsibilities for government sectors that play a role in cyber security. View the full executive order here: Executive Order -- Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
To Trust or Not to Trust: The Changing Threat Landscapeontinuous Monitoring Discussion
Cyber Security Exchange's second quarterly meeting of the year focused on the changing threat landscape and cyber threats on April 10. Thank you to Websense for sponsoring the meeting, and to our featured speaker, U.S. Air Force Major Linus J. Barloon II, Chief of Cyber Operations Division in the J3 Directorate and Cyberspace Officer for the White House Communications Agency for leading the group discussion.
Continuous Monitoring Discussion
We kicked off CSX in 2013 with a quarterly meeting focused on Continuous Monitoring on January 31. Thank you to McAfee for sponsoring the meeting, and to Tony Sager, SANS Institute, for joining the group discussion. For a copy of the meeting synopsis, please contact Lisa Futterman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (703) 883-9000, ext. 163.