About InfraGard Indiana:
|President||Brian T. O’Hara CISA, CISM, CRISC, CCSP, CISSP|
|Vice President||Christopher Collins|
|Secretary||Chuck McCormick PSP, CAHSO|
|Director||Gabriela Wilson, PhD.|
|Director||Darrell Keeling MBA, CISSP|
|Director||Barbara Lanman CISSP, CISM, ISO 13485 and 27001 Lead Auditor|
|Director||Shekar Pandhiri MBA, CISA, CISSP, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP, TOGAF, ITIL|
The InfraGard Indiana Members Alliance serves as a link between public and private organization, and is a cooperative undertaking between the U.S. Government (FBI) and an association of local businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to increasing the safety/security of Indiana and U.S. critical infrastructures.
InfraGard fills the need of increasing the level of information and reporting between private sector citizens and the public Sector (FBI, DHS) on matters related to counterterrorism, cyber crime and other major crime programs. In return the public sector provides members value-added through threat advisories, alerts, and warnings that can be accessed on a secure FBI database/web based system. Additionally, both sectors are able to share a forum for education and training on counterterrorism, counterintelligence cyber crime and other matters relevant to informed reporting of potential crimes and attacks on the nation and U.S. interests. In short it is a volunteer neighborhood watch on steroids. Indiana InfraGard Members Alliance has several challenges it attempts to overcome each year. First, increasing its membership and awareness of the program (people); second, increasing its method of communication through digital based platforms (technology); third, flattening the organizations structure so that members have easy and secure access to information in order to make critical decisions on protecting their critical infrastructure (process).
Indiana InfraGard Members Alliance is part of a national members Alliance. Each FBI Field Office has a Special Agent Coordinator who gathers interested individuals to form a chapter. Any individual can join InfraGard. Local executive boards govern and share information within the membership. The Indiana Chapters conducts regular meetings to discuss issues, threats and other matters that impact their public and private sector companies and infrastructure. Speakers from public and private agencies and the law enforcement communities are invited throughout the year to conduct lectures, training exercises, and workshops. Indiana Chapter is dedicated to increasing the public and private knowledge base on Business continuity management/recovery, disaster planning, incident management, and crisis management planning. InfraGard provides a secure website to its members with information about recent intrusions, research related to critical infrastructure protection, and the capability to communicate securely with other members.
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.