Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum

8 March 2016: The Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum sponsored by the DHS, DoD, GSA, and the NIST met to discuss concerns about security and resilience of the nations supply chain.  We had several guest speakers including one from the White House about supply chain assurance and how the Cybersecurity National Action Plan which was released by the Office of Management and Budget (OBM) of the White House will support supply chain efforts. This forum meets each quarter and is a combination of public and private sector organizations.  The format is mostly lectures by subject matter experts.

Global Forum to Focus

8 March 2016 The Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience will become a single focused not for profit corporation as of 10 March 2016 per the advise of participants in the forum.  This will allow us to focus on our mission.

There are a number of activities associated with this activity that will complement what we are doing.  It would be very easy to bring many of them under our umbrella.  We are deliberately staying away from this because we feel we have enough in front of us and want to do an excellent job to serve interested parties through our mission while maintaining our scope.  We will do this by connecting the dots between commonly available best practices, standards, and frameworks.

Forum Mission: To enhance and maintain Critical Infrastructure Resilience against all Cyber Risks.

Scope: Public and private-sector critical infrastructure organizations, including small and midsize businesses, standards and best practice organizations, and organizations supporting workforce development.


Assure Cyber Resilience

“To assure cyber resilience, everyone must have a seat at the table. Forums, like this, help bring together thought leaders to focus attention on the potential challenges we face in our industries.  I remain supportive and highly value the important work you do, as well as the distinctive and impactful way you do it. Thanks for your Service to Nation (and those nations depending on us) with the transformation you lead. ”

Fred Hintermister, Manager, Cross Sector, North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Vice Chair, National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing Analysis Centers)

CTO of Discovery Communications

Provides an ongoing platform to exchange ideas

“We see this type of collaboration between public and private-sector leaders as an imperative in today’s dangerous and constantly shifting cyber environment. Today’s meeting started an important dialogue between key players.

The new Forum provides an ongoing platform to exchange ideas and develop action plans – not only for the companies and government organizations already well-versed in best practices to combat cyber attacks, but for those still learning the size and scope of the daily cyber threats we all face.”

John Honeycutt, CTO of Discovery Communications