Critical infrastructure doesn’t just mean information systems. It includes many industries vital to national interests including energy, telecommunications, financial institutions, chemical, agriculture, and many more.
We need to protect our vital assets, but how to begin? In the U.S., join your local InfraGard chapter. InfraGard is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) program that began in the Cleveland Field Office in 1996. It was a local effort to gain support from the information technology industry and academia for the FBI’s investigative efforts in the cyber arena. The program expanded to other FBI Field Offices, and in 1998 the FBI assigned national program responsibility for InfraGard to the former National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and to the Cyber Division in 2003. InfraGard and the FBI have developed a relationship of trust and credibility in the exchange of information concerning various terrorism, intelligence, criminal, and security matters.
Joining IngraGard is good for your career, by helping you network with other professionals in your industry, and through knowledge gained in meetings and training events.
Joining InfraGard is good for your organization, when you learn how to better protect your organization’s assets.
Joining InfraGard is easy – go to www.infragard.org and download the membership application. You must pass a records check and be a U.S. citizen.