The Forum provides an ongoing opportunity for managers of federal security programs to exchange information system security materials and knowledge for use in other programs in a timely manner, build upon the experiences of other programs, and reduce possible duplication of effort. Additionally, the Forum provides:
- An organizational mechanism for NIST to exchange information directly with federal agency information system security program managers in fulfillment of its leadership mandate under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA);
- The venue to establish and maintain relationships with other individuals or organizations that are actively addressing information system security issues within the federal government; and
- The ability to establish and maintain a strong proactive stance identifying and resolving strategic and tactical information system security issues involved in the development and application of new and emerging information technologies.