Friday, August 5, 2016

DHS Announces ISAO SO Meeting – 8-31-18

Today DHS published a meeting notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 51925-51926) for a two-day meeting of the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization (SO) on August 31st, 2016 in Tysons, VA. The notice also includes a request for comments on the latest drafts of ISAO 100-1, Guidelines for Establishing an ISAO V0.1, and ISAO 600-1, U.S. Government Relations, Programs, and Services V0.4 (SWG6). The meeting will be available on-line (not mentioned in the FR notice). Only the September 1st meeting will be open to the public (again, not mentioned in the FR notice).

The agenda for the meeting includes:

• An in-depth public discussion of ISAO 100-1 and ISAO 600-1.
• The State of the Ecosystem from the ISAO SO: “Where We Are and Where We’re Going” and “How We’ll Get There”.
• A special meeting of emerging ISAOs.
• Panel discussions from industry experts and thought leaders on ISAO Services and Capabilities, and Building an ISAO.

Comments are being solicited on the two draft documents. Comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (; Docket # DHS-2015-0017). Apparently through some sort of administrative snafu the deadline for comments is today; an exceedingly short deadline (SARCASM). A request for comments was posted on the ISAO-SO web site on Wednesday, though there was a blog post made about the new documents last Friday. Even if the community were watching this site closely (I have not been) a week’s notice for a request for comments is ludicrously short and ill advised. The ISAO-SO should extend the comment period at least through the 26th of this month, but even that is way too short to get carefully vetted corporate comments.

A copy of this blog post was submitted as a comment to the ISAO-SO on 8-5-16, 10:00 EDT.

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