Shifting Course on Infosec Post-9/11Top Fed IT Exec on Aftermath of that September Day on Cybersecurity
Gridlock tied up Washington-area roads, so Forman and a colleague detoured to his Maryland home, where he initiated a pre-scheduled conference with other OMB team members to fine tune the e-government initiative. "It was pretty clear that the five, top initiatives were going to be required to help respond to or prepare for another incident like 9/11."
In an interview with Information Security Media Group (to listen, select one of the Podcast Options at right), Forman discusses the:
- 9/11 attacks' influence on the way the federal government approached cybersecurity.
- Roles performed by the White House, National Security Agency, Congress and the nascent Department of Homeland Security in securing IT in the months and years following the attacks.
- Legacy of the attacks on cybersecurity a decade later.
Forman was on the job as associate OMB director for only three months when the 9/11 attacks occurred. With passage in 2002 of the E-Government Act, which included the Federal Information Security Management Act, his title became administrator for e-government and IT, a job known today as federal CIO.
He resigned in August 2003 for the private sector, and now is forming a venture called Government Transaction Services, which will provide a cloud-based tool to help those receiving federal grants comply with government regulations. A former partner at the business consultancy KPMG, Forman worked at Unisys as a vice president of e-business/global public sector and IBM Global Services as principal/global public sector e-business strategy before joining OMB. Prior to those private-sector stints, Forman was a staff member on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee for seven years.
Forman received a bachelor degree in economics from Ohio State University and a master degree in applied microeconomics and quantitative methods from the University of Chicago.