InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the public. The InfraGard program provides a means for public collaboration with the FBI, resulting in the timely exchange of information. The group offers learning opportunities relevant to the protection of critical infrastructure.
Thousands of people from all over the country are members. The membership is made up from people in all types of industries, such as business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academics, and state and local law enforcement. Each member is dedicated to contributing industry–specific insight and advancing national security.
The program is very robust. It includes daily email communications about terrorist and cyber–criminal activity, along with notices of new postings to their website. They offer meetings and webcasts on timely events. Members also have access to InfraGard's secure web portal.
The resources available include:
- FBI accredited website with secure messaging that promotes communication among members
- FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threat advisories, intelligence bulletins, analytical reports and vulnerability assessments in real time
- Access to iGuardian, the FBI's cyber incident reporting tool designed specifically for the private sector
Unique Networking Opportunities:
- FBI and other government agency presentations to InfraGard Member Alliance events
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- Peer–to–peer collaboration across InfraGard's broad membership
- Information sharing and relationship building with FBI and law enforcement at all levels
Training and Education:
- Information Sharing Initiative (ISI) training program
- FBI and other government security awareness training programs
- Local and online training and event discounts
- Free or discounted local seminars
- Available to U.S. Citizens who are 18 years or older.
- Focused on individuals who have experience in critical infrastructure, such as those who work for essential services to keep the country and its businesses running.
- Must apply and pass an FBI security risk assessment.
- Must adhere to InfraGard's code of ethics and sign a confidentiality and non–disclosure agreement.
- Must not share the information found on the website or invite non–members to attend their webcasts unless the invitation explicitly permits members to share the invite.
Check the InfraGard website to see if they are accepting new members: www.infragard.org.
Diana Hoffman, the Company's corporate escrow administrator, signed up to be a member and has never been disappointed. They have tons of helpful videos and webinars about Business Email Compromise (BEC) and other trends which affect real estate transactions, such as elder abuse.
During one of the meetings, the Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI said, without cracking a smile, "InfraGard is missing the 'U' because they need you to make it a success. This is just one other way the FBI is trying to keep you safe."
Article provided by contributing author:
Diana Hoffman, Corporate Escrow Administrator
Fidelity National Title Group
National Escrow Administration