RSA Joins CForum as Founding Member

Industry-led Organization Advances the Cybersecurity Framework through Collaboration

April 15, 2015

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Annapolis Junction, MD -- April 15, 2015 -- CForum, an industry-led forum focused on the evolution and use of the Cybersecurity Framework, announced that RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE:EMC), has joined CForum as a founding member.  CForum is a not-for-profit organization providing an open environment to share cybersecurity best practices and related topics important to anyone responsible for cybersecurity in their organization.  CForum expands on the information sharing that occurred during the development of the Cybersecurity Framework, released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as requested in President Obama’s Executive Order 13636 on cybersecurity.

“CForum was established to foster continued cybersecurity collaboration, creating an environment for organizations to discuss how to best use the Cybersecurity Framework,” said Paul Green, founder of CForum. “RSA’s participation as a founding member underscores the role CForum will have on advancing the cybersecurity framework and we are proud to have such a well-respected industry leader join our growing community of cybersecurity contributors.”

Released on February 12, 2014, the Cybersecurity Framework was developed through industry and government collaboration, initiating a year-long open dialogue that is continued through CForum.  The goal of CForum is to promote information sharing among organizations using or planning to improve their cybersecurity program.  Discussions within CForum use the Cybersecurity Framework as the common language for describing components within a cybersecurity program. 

“The Framework is a great start for any organization seeking to develop or accelerate an effective cyber defense and resilience capability,” said Mike Brown, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret) and vice president and general manager of RSA’s Global Public Sector practice. “CForum provides an environment that brings together an insightful community of participants, focused on answering questions, sharing best practices and offering new ideas related to the framework. We look forward to playing a role in expanding the CForum ecosystem, while positively impacting the future of cybersecurity.” 

During the 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama said “If we do [act on cybersecurity], we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.” CForum is one way in which organizations and individuals can collaborate and share information on cyberthreats, cyberattacks, and how to best prepare an organization to defend against them.

CForum to Present at RSA Conference 2015 in San Francisco
On April 23, Greg Witte and Tom Conkle will be presenting an overview session on CForum. For more on the session, “CForum: A Community-Driven Solution to Cybersecurity Challenges”, visit the RSA Conference 2015 site.  

About CForum
CForum is an industry-led, not-for-profit forum, focused on the evolution and use of the Cybersecurity Framework. CForum continues the discussion started by the Framework development process, offering an environment that encourages continued dialogue, based on a community voice, to keep momentum moving forward. CForum’s goal is to be an industry-led forum that addresses key Framework topics, such as: Core Framework concepts; best practices around Framework use and implementation; sector-level guidance; and how to evolve the Framework through version 2.0 and beyond. Additional information is available at

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