The Federal Computer Security Program Managers’ Forum (Forum) is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to promote the sharing of security-related information among federal agencies. It provides a mechanism for NIST to share information directly with federal agency information security managers in fulfillment of NIST’s leadership mandate under FISMA. The NIST Computer Security Division serves as the Secretariat of the Forum and Victoria Pillitteri serves as the Chairperson. NIST provides necessary administrative and logistical support.
The Forum maintains an extensive email subscription service. Participation in the service is only open to Federal Government employees who participate in the management of their organization’s information system security program. Exceptions for contractors serving in higher position such as ISSOs or CISOs have been made. A .gov or .mil email address is required.
The Forum holds half-day meetings throughout the year and an annual two-day “Offsite” or conference to discuss current issues and developments of interest to those responsible for protecting sensitive (unclassified) federal systems. Events are open to federal employees and their designated support contractors. NIST is a closed campus and one must be put in the Visitor System or preregistered for a conference to gain access.
For more detailed information about the Forum and how to join, please visit the Federal Computer Security Program Managers' Forum Website
Annual Federal Computer Security Program Managers’ Forum Offsite
The annual Forum “Offsite” provides an opportunity to exchange information system security knowledge among federal and state employees and their support contractors that participate in the management of their organization’s information system security program.
Presentations to include:
- Strategic and tactical information system security issues involved in the development and application of new and emerging information technologies, and
- Information system security issues within the federal government; and
- Current technical and operational updates.
Presentations are available at: https://beta.csrc.nist.gov/Projects/Forum/Forum-Events
Who Should Attend:
Attendance is limited to US Federal government and State employees and their designated support contractors who participate in the management of their organization’s information system security program.
- Conference attendees receive Continuing Education Units to submit with their certifying authority.
- There is no fee to attend.
- Food will not be provided but may be purchased in the NIST cafeteria or at local restaurants.