Inaugural Forum Meeting

The Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience Held its Inaugural Forum Meeting  18 February, 2016

Critical infrastructure, government and academic leaders convened  on February 18 in Washington, DC at the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center at American University for our  inaugural forum meeting of the Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience.

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Drew Jaehing of DISA Fred Hintermiser of NERC, Charlie Tupitza of the Global Forum, Mark Dillon of HP, Nadya Bartol of UTC, Bill Donohoe of Genedge, and others collaborating

Responding to a call-to-action to strengthen critical infrastructure cyber resilience, the Forum represents a trusted international collaborative partnership leading the advancement of operationalizing critical infrastructure cyber resilience through open dialogue, critical insight, thought exchange and collaborative innovation. Attendees included the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal agencies, academia, representatives from critical infrastructure sectors, and security and IT service management expert organizations.

The Forum’s goals are strategically focused on providing a “disciplined approach” to operationalize the delivery of cyber resilience “mission-driven” services through the integration of service management and cyber resilience; contributing with a defining voice to the evolution of best practice, standards and frameworks amidst the constantly changing and expanding cyber ecosystem; and enabling organizations to more easily adapt best practices for governance, compliance, controls and education.

To deliver on these goals, via the identification, adoption and adaption of best practices and lessons learned to optimize investment in people, process and technology, the Forum is developing organizational, sector and sub-sector specific operational guidance that integrates cyber resilience into the entire IT Service Management lifecycle, supported by a common lexicon, security controls guidance, and workforce roles and responsibilities. Private industry and government (taxpayer investments) in the following best practices, frameworks and standards are being leveraged in collaboration with the U.S. Deptartment of Defense, NIST, and private-sector organizations.

Charlie Tupitza, Forum Co-Chair said, “Technology is important, but we also need to focus on people and on how we can recover quickly from incidents that will occur while minimizing their effect. This includes cyber attacks and all types of incidents getting in the way of the organization to perform its mission. The Global Forum provides a sustainable platform to bring together experts from the public and private sectors to work together to define and implement solutions focused on using cyber resilience to enable their mission and services.”

Upcoming Global Forum regional sessions will be announced to engage international public and private sector leaders.

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