​1st SIG-ISM workshop gets closer to better information security management


19 May 2015 | Amsterdam, Netherlands


A white paper on security management and a best practice document on risk analysis will be produced by the new Special Interest Group on Information Security Management (SIG-ISM). This was agreed by participants at the first SIG-ISM workshop, which took place on 12-13 May 2015.



Alf Moens (SURF) moderating a round-table discussion at the first SIG-ISM workshop. 


Fifteen people from 12 organisations participated in the workshop, which was organised by GÉANT and held at Imperial College, London (UK). The two half-days comprised presentations and round table discussions on two main topics: implementation of an information security management system and performing risk assessment and analysis.


Nicole Harris (GÉANT) also gave a presentation about REFEDS (Research and Education Federations) and possible areas of common interest. This sparked discussion and an agreement to collaborate with REFEDS as a SIG-ISM outreach activity.


SIG-ISM will meet again in October 2015 – dates and venue to be confirmed.



SIG-ISM was formed following community agreement at the ‘NREN Security Strategy’ workshop in September 2014. The community chose to form a SIG (Special Interest Group), which is a new structure that GÉANT provides to support community collaboration, because of its defining features: a SIG is coordinated by a steering committee, not a chair; a SIG has no fixed expiry date but is supported by GÉANT as long as conditions defined in the charter are met; a SIG has no defined work items but a roadmap and objectives; and GÉANT staff support is provided on an on-demand basis.


The SIG-ISM steering committee members are: James Davis (JISC), Alf Moens (SURF), Rolf Sture Normann (UNINETT) and Wayne Routly (GÉANT).


Further information

The agenda and presentations from the first SIG-ISM workshop are available online. More general information about this area is available through the Information Security Management SIG webpage.