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Federal Computer Security Managers’ Forum


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:

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.

Additional Items:

  • 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.


Agenda (Printable PDF Updated 5/16)

Full Program (Printable PDF)

Past presentations, receiving permission, are available on the Federal Computer Security Program Managers' Forum Website under Events.


A block of rooms has been reserved at:

Hilton Washington DC - North/Gaithersburg
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 977-8900

There is a special rate of $129.00 per night + taxes available for King size bed rooms.  
Group Name: Federal Computer Security Managers Forum Group Code: JFC
Book you room now
Check in June 19, 2017 Check out: June 21, 2017

You can also call the front desk of the Hilton Hotel at 1 (301) 977-8900 ext.1 (reservations.)

The deadline for making a reservation is June 5, 2017.


If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. The required NIST-1260 form will be available during registration. *New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. For further details, please visit:

Created February 14, 2017, Updated July 5, 2017