Thursday, May 7, 2015

DHS Announces ISAO Workshop

Today the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) published a meeting notice in the Federal Register (80 FR 262383) for a public workshop on June 9th, 2015 in Cambridge, MA. The workshop will address automated indicator sharing and analysis by Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO).

This is part of the DHS program (initiated by EO 13691; Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing) to expand access to threat sharing information to companies that do not fit into the existing structure of sector based Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACS).

The formal agenda will be published on the ISAO web site at some unspecified future date.

Public participation is being solicited by NPPD. Advanced registration is recommended and may be accomplished on the RSVP page. The registration is a tad bit more complicated than normal as you have to register for the overall workshop and then for the individual sessions and tracks in which you wish to participate. There are only 352 workshop registrations remaining (as of 7:30 am CDT) and only 25 registrations remaining for the “Automated Indicator Sharing Requirements” track, so early registrations seems to be indicated.

NPPD has provided for public comments to be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (; Docket # DHS-2015-0017). Comments should be submitted by July 8th, 2015.

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