Laura Taylor
CISO for U.S. Government System
Biographical Info
Ms. Taylor heads up Relevant Technologies, an information security advisory and consulting company that offers cybersecurity compliance solutions for both government and private industry with core competencies in FISMA, FedRAMP, HIPAA, UETA, SOX, GLB, 23 NYCRR 500, and FFIEC.

Most recently, Ms.Taylor worked as the Technical Development Lead Architect of FedRAMP. While at FedRAMP, Ms.Taylor designed the FedRAMP program and developed all FedRAMP templates, the Guide to Understanding FedRAMP, the Continuous Monitoring Strategy Guide, and the FedRAMP Incident Communications Procedure. In 2014, Ms. Taylor won the GovStar award for the work she did on FedRAMP.

FedRAMP is the U.S. government's initiative to apply the Federal Information Security Management Act to cloud computing.

In 2006, Ms. Taylor's book, the "FISMA Certification and Accreditation Handbook," was the first book published on FISMA. The second edition of the book, "FISMA Compliance Handbook," was published in September 2013. Ms. Taylor has contributed to 4 other books on information security and has authored hundreds of articles and white papers on information security topics for various publications and magazines. Specializing in assisting federal agencies and private industry in complying with computer security laws, Ms. Taylor is a thought leader in cybersecurity compliance. In prior positions, Ms. Taylor led large technology migrations, developed enterprise-wide information security programs, and has performed risk assessments and security audits for numerous financial institutions, government agencies, and private corporations.

Specialties: developing enterprise-wide information security programs; enterprise technology migrations; performing risk assessments; developing security policies; security compliance program management; security assessments; developing security configuration guides; product evaluations and product reviews; tutorials; teaching FISMA and FedRAMP compliance.