Cyber Standards for Modern IT

Congressman Gerry Connolly - Keynote Speaker

DATE:May 1, 2019
TIME:12:00pm – 1:30pm
LOCATION:Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2060) 45 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20515
ORGANIZED BY:Consortium for Information & Software Quality (CISQ), Homeland Security Dialogue Forum (HSDF), and
Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI)

Members of Congress, Federal agencies, and industry participated in an expert panel on how government can effectively support IT modernization and cybersecurity efforts by advancing industry-supported standards, software quality measurement, and procurement requirements. The discussion highlighted FITARA and perspectives on what is next in the cyber category.

A presentation from Dr. Bill Curtis, Founding Executive Director of CISQ, is now available for download. You can also read the event summary on CISQ's blog: Cyber Standards for Modern IT - The Case for Standards in Software Development and Acquisition or...

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Welcome address from Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director of the Consortium for Information & Software Quality (CISQ), on how to reduce security and operational risk in government acquired systems. Government and industry are in the era of 9-digit glitches—IT breaches and outages whose damages exceed $100M. However, technical advances now enable detection of severe weaknesses in software-intensive systems. Dr. Curtis will review international standards produced by CISQ for analyzing the security and reliability of software, and how they can be inserted into acquisition policy and practices to reduce the operational and security risk of government systems.

Keynote remarks from Congresssman Gerry Connolly, Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Rep. Connolly co-sponsored the FITARA legislation and helps to lead IT modernization initiatives across government.

A panel of experts will discuss how to help agencies evaluate their cyber risk, how modernization is an opportunity for improved security, and the role of FITARA and cyber standards in achieving these goals. Speakers include:

  • Mr. Luke McCormack, former CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (moderator)
  • Ms. Lesley Field, Acting Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy at OMB
  • Ms. Beth Killoran, Deputy CIO at GSA
  • Mr. David Powner, Director of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships at MITRE and former Director of IT Issues at GAO
  • Mr. Paul Seay, Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow and CISQ Governing Board Member


Photos from the Event

Gerry Connolly
Norton, Curtis and Seay
Bill Curtis