January 19, 2010

Twenty Important Controls for Effective Cyber Defense and FISMA Compliance
John M. Gilligan

Because federal agencies do not have unlimited money, current and past federal CIOs and CISOs have agreed that the only rational way they can hope to meet these requirements is to jointly establish a prioritized baseline of information security measures and controls that can be continuously monitored through automated mechanisms.  To this end, a consensus document of 20 crucial controls was designed to begin the process of establishing that prioritized baseline of information security measures and controls that can be applied across Federal enterprise environments.  

These 20 critical security controls were agreed upon by knowledgeable individuals from various groups of IT Security Professionals. The list includes 15 controls that can be validated at least in part in an automated manner and five that must be validated manually. Each of the 20 categories is important and offers high-priority techniques for thwarting real-world attacks.

Speaker Bio:

John M. Gilligan is president of the Gilligan Group, Inc., an IT consulting firm.  Prior to his current position he was a senior vice president and director, Defense Sector, at SRA International, Inc.  Mr. Gilligan has over 25 years of managerial experience in leading large information technology organizations.  He has expertise in business strategy, organizational innovation, program implementation, and IT Security.  Mr. Gilligan has served as a chief information officer for the United States Air Force and the U.S. Department of Energy.  He was program executive officer for battle management and command and control for the Air Force. He is a member of the Cyber Security Commission (formed to advise the 44th President) and the Army Science Board.  He also serves on the board of directors for Center for Internet Security, Hunter Defense Technologies, Inc., Schafer Corporation, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.  Mr. Gilligan has been a recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders to name a few.  He earned an M.S.E. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. in finance from Virginia Tech University.

January 19, 2010 6:30 PM

George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW
Room B149 (One floor below lobby)
Washington, DC 20052
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