The U.S. economy, citizens, and government rely on information technology (IT), so the protection of IT and the information infrastructure is critical. Security Outreach and Integration Group (SOIG) leverages broad cybersecurity and risk management expertise to develop, integrate, and promote security standards, guidelines, tools, technologies, methodologies, tests, and measurements to address cybersecurity needs in many areas of national and international importance.
The SOIG collaborates with stakeholders to address cybersecurity considerations in many diverse program areas, including the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) supply chain, Smart Grid, Electronic Voting, Cyber Physical and Industrial Control Systems, Health Information Technology, and the National Public Safety Broadband Network. The group produces standards and guidelines through the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) implementation program to help federal agencies build strong cybersecurity risk management programs. In each of these program areas, the group extends outreach to stakeholders across federal, state, and local governments; industry; academia; small businesses; and the public. The SOIG also leads several broad cybersecurity awareness, training, education, and outreach efforts, including the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the Federal Computer Security Managers’ Forum, and the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA).
Key to the group’s success is the ability to interact with a broad constituency to ensure that SOIG’s program is consistent with national objectives related to or impacted by information security. Through open and transparent public engagement, collaboration, and cooperation, the group works to address critical cybersecurity challenges, enable greater U.S. industrial competitiveness, and facilitate the practical implementation of scalable and sustainable information security standards and practices.