We at INMA would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s INMA Congress in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 11-15. We’re grateful to the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) for allowing us to partner with them for this incredible event. INMA’s Congress featured an array of excellent speakers presenting in-depth, dynamic information across a broad spectrum of security concerns.
By Heather McCalley | 2016-2017 InfraGard Birmingham Members Alliance
Just before 9/11, a group of concerned citizens met to gauge interest in forming an InfraGard chapter in Birmingham, Ala. Their original thoughts were to bring people together in the region while also bridging perceived gaps between the I.T. community and law enforcement. Little did they know when they met on Sept. 6, 2001, that their skillsets and passions would be needed in the fight against global terrorism that escalated five days later when all our lives changed. From the beginning, Birmingham has been known as the geekiest of InfraGard chapters, but its roots were firmly planted in critical infrastructure by the early chapter leadership as well. Gary Warner represented Oil & Gas, Daniel Clemens represented the Information Technology sector, Greg McGill represented the HealthCare industry, and Steve Adwell represented Financial Services. Each was an I.T. security expert, but each brought the view of their critical infrastructure. The coordinator from the Birmingham FBI field office was Mike Mauldin. Longstanding InfraGard members may recall Clemens because he set up and ran the earliest listservs not only for Birmingham, but also the Presidents’ and Regional Mailing lists, as well as several InfraGard special interest groups. Warner may also be a familiar face as he served on the national board from 2002 to 2004.
By Sandy Moul | President, InfraGard San Diego Members Alliance
In 2015, the InfraGard San Diego Members Alliance proudly celebrated two historic milestones: our 10-year anniversary and the surpassing of the 1,000-member mark. While these accomplishments are a source of tremendous pride for our IMA, they also underscore the levels of vigilance, commitment and collaboration required to address the threat landscape of the next decade.
By Christine Karlson
On July 22, 2016, 50 middle school children aged 10-14 lined up at Dynetics, Huntsville, Ala., for the InfraGard Huntsville Cyber Forensics Camp. As they signed in, the kids were broken down into five teams of 10. Each attendee was conveniently checked by our “security guard” and then escorted to their respective team stations by group: “Itchy Patriot,” “Catch Pole,” “Swift Prodigy,” “Iron Anvil” and “Broken Cipher.”