[ISN] Security forum members to meet in May
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Wed Apr 6 04:14:57 EDT 2005
By Florence Olsen
April 5, 2005
Members of a new public/private forum for government and industry
security executives say they have wasted no time getting started on
efforts to improve federal agencies' annual information security
The forum, known as the Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)
Exchange, will hold an advisory board meeting this month and its first
membership meeting in May, Stephen O'Keeffe, the group's executive
director, announced today at the FOSE government information
technology conference in Washington, D.C.
O'Keeffe said members have already begun talking with officials in the
Government Accountability Office and with federal inspectors general
about ways to raise the federal government's overall security grade
above a D-plus, which it received this year.
The CISO Exchange is a new model of a public/private partnership
"designed to move the government forward in its information security
posture," O'Keeffe said. The forum offers a venue for public- and
private-sector CISOs to exchange ideas for strengthening their
organizations' information security policies, procedures and
All funding for the forum will come from industry members, O'Keeffe
He introduced co-chairman, Vance Hitch, the Justice Department's chief
information officer who is chairman of the CIO Council's Cyber
Security and Privacy Committee, and co-chairwoman Melissa Wojciak,
staff director of the Government Reform Committee.
The forum has six government advisory board members, who will serve
one-year terms. They are Daniel Galik, chief security officer at the
Internal Revenue Service, representing the Treasury Department; Dennis
Heretick, Justice's CISO; Robert Lentz, the Defense Department's CISO;
Jane Scott Norris, the State Department's CISO; Lisa Schlosser, the
Department of Housing and Urban Development's CIO; and Robert West,
the Homeland Security Department's CISO.
The advisory board will also have six industry members, including
Austin Yerks, president of federal sector business development at
Computer Sciences Corp., and Kenneth Ammon, president and co-founder
of NetSec Government Solutions. Four additional advisory members have
not been named.
O'Keeffe stressed that the forum will have a practical agenda. Its
members plan to publish an annual report on federal information
security priorities and operational issues and to host an awards
dinner on the evening that Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) announces next
year's federal computer security report card grades.
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