InfraGard Arizona is a very active chapter hosting two large events annually. The Annual Member Meeting is the largest event (350+ attendees in 2017) and hosts well-known keynote speakers on relevant topics of national importance. Each fall, a charity golf tournament is also held, which raises over $10,000. In addition, a number of training and educational opportunities are provided to members each month. Most of the training and programs are offered free of charge.
On June 26, 2017, InfraGard San Diego hosted a special debrief of the July 7, 2016, ambush on Dallas police officers. The event was held at Qualcomm’s Irwin Jacobs Hall and set a new record for the highest attendance in the chapter’s history with more than 500 registrants. In a nod to San Diego’s proud military history, Petty Officer First Class Leon Ocasio from Naval Base Coronado opened the event with the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Special Agent in Charge Eric Birnbaum, FBI San Diego, and Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Police Dept., provided opening remarks to the audience of InfraGard members and local, state and federal law enforcement.
The Toledo Area Alliance of InfraGard (www.toledoinfragard.org) hosted a Cyber Attack Continuum Tabletop exercise on March 10, 2017, at the Bowling Green State University, Levis Commons campus. Nearly 30 people from various industries participated in gathering and sharing information regarding Cyber Attack preparedness and reactions. This Cyber Attack Continuum was designed to foster an open and highly interactive discussion on the readiness and reaction within and across the following five industries:
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.” Continue reading