What a fantastic Congress & Conference in Dallas! So far, the feedback says it was an overwhelming success and, if you missed it, you really missed out. We had a record number of IMAs present, and I would like to thank the various IMA leaders for their outstanding contributions on the many panels targeted toward helping and growing your IMAs and programs. We are looking forward to a bigger and better event in Las Vegas, Nevada, this coming year, from Sept. 24-27, 2018. Our host hotel will be Planet Hollywood, so save the date. We hope to see YOU there!
Your two new INMA Board members have incredible credentials that will further InfraGard’s goals and objectives, so welcome to Winnie Callahan and Gene Kingsley! Thanks also to our outgoing INMA Board Directors, Dr. Earl Motzer (6 yrs) and Matt Miller (3 yrs), for their significant contributions to InfraGard.
As we move into our 22nd year, the INMA has several bold initiatives for our members. First, the INMA has procured a webinar platform for training and meetings that will accommodate 1,000 users simultaneously. The FBI Coordinators in the National Capital Region have kicked off our new national online training program with three webinars. Beginning in 2018, we plan to have one webinar per week. The INMA is creating “InfraGard U” and will be offering various training programs, including certifications and/or CCUs. Both our Sector Chief Program and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will be expanding. Finally, the INMA will be conducting regional summits during 2018, so watch for more information about that.
This edition highlights insights and risks associated with insider threats. Every day in our country, cases come to light, and our companies are losing their lifeblood — intellectual property. There are many different motives that may increase the likelihood of someone spying against and stealing from their employer. Greed, revenge and foreign theft are just some of the motives of these offenders. Only internal diligence, employee education and an awareness of the threat from the C-suite will begin to stem this trend. This is another area in which InfraGard and our members can make a difference in deterring this crime.
In addition to this, this issue provides some details surrounding the tragic Las Vegas shooting, as well as information about our Business Continuity Special Interest Group (SIG).
In closing, I would like to thank you, our InfraGard leaders and members, for all you do. If I can be of assistance, please let me know. I look forward to working with you as we make InfraGard work for you as members, your communities and your businesses to make you and our nation more secure and resilient!