[ISN] O'Keeffe ends CISO Exchange

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Mon Apr 18 06:04:47 EDT 2005

Forwarded from: Larry Pingree <larry.pingree at safeway.com>

Can't they just do a non-profit CISO organization like ISSA and
INFRAGARD to avoid the profit motives? I do think its necessary for
these folks to be communicating their strategies together with the
industries that fight hackers, etc. Its too bad that the public does
not understand the benefits.
Best Regards,
Larry Pingree
Information Security
Sr. Information Security Analyst

When you know others, then you are able to attack them. When you know
yourself, you are able to protect yourself. Attack is the time for
defense, defense is a strategy of attack. If you know this, you will not
be in danger even if you fight a hundred battles.

Zhang Yu, disciple of Sun Tzu ~ 500 BC

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By David Perera
April 14, 2005 

Steve O'Keeffe is halting his efforts to promote a for-profit forum for
government and private-sector chief information security officers

O'Keeffe, the principal of public relations firm O'Keeffe and Co.,
spearheaded the CISO Exchange. The effort has come under fire by
government and industry officials for appearing to sell influence over
government policy formulation.

O'Keeffe's statement comes hours after CIO Council officials announced
they would end any relations with the Exchange and establish a new, open
and accessible forum for the public and private sectors. Whether the
company will have any involvement in that new forum "is at the
discretion of the CIO Council," O'Keeffe said.

"Any organizations that have made commitments to the CISO Exchange,
whether contractual or financial, will be immediately released from
those commitments and any monies received will be returned to the
organizations," he said.

O'Keeffe officials planned to charge $75,000 to companies for full
participation in the Exchange, which would be limited to six system
integrator representatives. Other industry officials could have joined
for $25,000 or $5,000, with varying levels of access and authority over
exchange efforts.

Two companies, Computer Sciences Corp. and NetSec, committed to the
Exchange at the $75,000 level, O'Keeffe said last week.


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