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The Federal Government is Going Paperless? What?

December 15, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The Managing Government Records directive aims to modernize records management policies and practices for all agencies. Under the mandate, federal agencies are required to manage all permanent electronic records in a digital format by the end of 2019. Each government agency deals with almost four petabytes — or 4 million gigabytes — of data. Ninety percent of that data is unstructured. It’s found in paper documents, email, social media posts, phone conversations, web pages and so on — and it’s growing. It’s estimated that 625,000 new pages per year are produced per 100 government employees.

The learning objectives for this presentation include
• Background of the directive, including the Executive Order, deadlines and milestones
• Who the main players are for this effort
• Where agencies currently are in the process
• What is CUI and do I want to like it or dislike it
• Listing of some the challenges associated with the directive
• Examples of tools used to agencies to attempt compliance
• Opportunities for security professionals from this directive

NOTE THE LOCATION: We will once more very happily meet at the wonderful Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Reston Center, 1821 Michael Faraday Drive, Reston, VA 20190, in Room 312. It is a short distance from the Weihle-Reston East Metro station on the Silver Line. We can arrive 30 minutes before and stay 30 minutes after our meeting (9am-12pm).

Alex Grohmann has over two decades of experience in technology-related information security, risk management and data privacy. During his career, he has worked at both the state and Federal level, and his private sector involvement has spanned from energy to financial services. He is the founder and operator of Sicher Consulting, LLC. Mr. Grohmann holds industry certifications of CISSP, CISA, CISM and CIPT. He holds two bachelor degrees from Florida State University as well as an MBA from UMUC.

Mr. Grohmann is a Fellow at the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), an international organization of information security professionals. He is the recipient of their international ‘Honor Roll’ for his lifetime contributions to the information security community. He has served on the board of directors for the Northern Virginia chapter of ISSA for over ten years, including as president for three. During his time, the chapter won the Chapter of Year.

He is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy and served on the board of directors for the Washington DC chapter of InfraGard for four years. Currently Mr. Grohmann serves on the board directors of Northern Virginia Community College’s Workforce Development taskforce, NOVA Cybersecurity Advisory Board and is an mentor at MACH 37, the Virginia cyber security accelerator. He also sits on the IT sector coordinating council (IT-SCC).

Besides earning Professional Development Units (PDUs) for participating our RMF LifeBoat ISSA Education Group meeting, we all receive the encouragement and help we need for our cyber security professional growth. The friendly interactive presentations by our members of the meetup always lead to lively respectful discussions. Members always take away information that they that can be applied on the job in the following weeks! In additional our LifeBoat group meetings provide opportunities for the all-important professional networking. If you have a vexing problem, share with like-minded security professionals. They may have already successfully developed a way forward to resolve it.


December 15, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Northern Virginia Community College
1821 Michael Faraday Drive
Reston, VA us
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