Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting

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NIST It By That Much: The Federal Cyber Security Outlook

Time 10/09/07 04:30PM-05:30PM

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Session Abstract

Cyber Security policy within the Federal Government has become increasingly compliance-oriented since the passage of FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act, and the impacts of this are beginning to be felt within the R&E community through grant conditions, FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Center) rules, and more. At the same time, this focus has led to the production of voluminous cyber security policies, some of which are potentially useful to R&E and some of which are clearly detrimental.

This presentation will focus on the history, context, and current state of Federal IT compliance as it impacts the R&E community. The presentation will include an analysis of the NIST and OMB guidance both in terms of how they can be potentially helpful in a university environment, and how they can be interpreted to be quite restrictive and potentially at odds with a research mission.

The discussion will include examples of applying the NIST methodology at both UCSF and throughout the Department of Energy National Laboratories, with a focus on how to best utilize the concepts without undue burden. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the regulatory outlook with regards to Federal cyber security policy.


Speaker Stephen Lau University of California, San Francisco

Speaker Adam Stone Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks System and Network Security for Advanced Networks

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