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Federal agencies and companies who support them have been struggling to stay ahead of ever more sophisticated cyber threats. The amendments of 2012 update the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 by establishing enhanced federal oversight of cyber security threats taking into account the evolution of digital technology that has occurred since the original legislation. The bill aims to give agencies the tools they need to effectively counter cyber threats as they exist in 2012 and beyond. This live webcast is a must attend for anyone interested in addressing cyber security threats as these regs will have a significant impact on the entire technology industry.

The Knowledge Group is producing a two-hour live webcast to help attorneys, federal agencies and their Information Security Professionals understand the latest updates and significant issues on FISMA. Our panel of thought leaders and government officials will offer practical guidance for formulating effective security policies in addition to best practices. A live Q&A+ interaction is also included in this event.

Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method Of Presentation: Group-Based-Internet
Developer: The Knowledge Group, LLC
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours: 1.75 - 2.0
Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials
Course Code: 124314
Course Fee: $199 - $249 (Early Bird Discounted Rate - on or before )
                       $299 - $349 (Regular Rate - registration after )
                       $149 (Government / Nonprofit Rate)


Featured Speakers for The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 LIVE Webcast :

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Eric A. Fischer , Senior Specialist in Science and Technology,
Congressional Research Service

(The views expressed below are those of the author and are not presented as those of the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congres)
  • • Enacted in 2002, FISMA created a security framework for federal government information systems, with an emphasis on risk management, and gave specific responsibilities to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the heads, chief information officers (CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs), and inspector generals (IGs) of federal agencies.
  • • FISMA has been criticized for focusing on procedure and reporting rather than operational security, a lack of widely accepted cybersecurity metrics, variations in agency interpretation of the mandates in the act, excessive focus on individual information systems as opposed to the agency's overall information architecture, and insufficient means to enforce compliance both within and across agencies.
  • • There appears to be broad support for FISMA reform. Current legislative proposals (the report of a House task force, H.R. 1136, H.R. 4257, S. 2105, S. 2151, and a proposal by the White House) would revise the act, while retaining much of the current framework.
  • • The proposals vary in how they would modify current responsibilities—whether OMB would retain its current mandates and what roles would be played by the Secretary of Commerce, or the Secretary of Homeland Security, or a White House cyberspace office.

Adam S. Lurie, Partner,
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

  • • The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 (the “Act”) is an important step in the fight against cyber threats facing the federal government and federal contractors.
  • • The Act recognizes, among other things, the importance of continuous monitoring to combat cyber threats.
  • • While the Act is well intended and contains a number of important provisions, it leaves many questions unanswered.
  • • The Act, for example, does not: (a) provide much guidance as to what constitutes effective security standards; (b) address how to implement continuous monitoring; (c) discuss how to meet the challenge of implementing continuous monitoring across the federal government's many disparate IT systems; (d) detail how agencies will pay for continuous monitoring; and (e) provide new tools to the OMB Director to enforce compliance.
  • • The Act will leave many agencies and contractors to determine, for themselves, whether they have satisfied the law’s requirements. The role of in house agency and contractor counsel, as well as in house compliance professionals, will therefore take on increased importance to ensure the Act’s requirements are satisfied, and to ensure contractual obligations are met.
  • • It will be important for agencies and contractors to carefully examine any regulations issued by NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) and OMB pursuant to the Act for additional guidance about the above points.

Congressional Research Service
Eric A. Fischer
Senior Specialist in Science and Technology
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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Adam S. Lurie
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Who Should Attend?

- Technology Attorneys and Consultants
- Federal Agencies
- IT Professionals
- Security Officers
- Risk & Compliance Officers
- Senior Management
- IT Heads
- Data Security Lawyers
- And Other Interested/Related Professionals

Why Attend?

This is a must attend event for anyone interested in learning the latest developments in FISMA.

- Detailed guidance explained by the most qualified key leaders & experts
- Hear directly from experienced practitioners & thought leaders
- Interact directly with panel during Q&A

Advanced registration is recommended as space is limited. Please click the registration button below to sign up in this course today.

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The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012
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