I’ve been a member of InfraGard, the private sector face of the FBI, for about 8 years now. They recently gave the program a face lift and I thought it might be time to explain how InfraGard works and how Small Business Owners should approach it.
In the FBI’s words:
“InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard’s membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.”
What does that mean? It means a bunch of people share risks and threats with the FBI in a proactive way so that the FBI can combine that data with their own intelligence. They then analyse that intelligence and share their findings with the group.
Risk doesn’t have to be only cyber related. The FBI is concerned with overall security. This means physical as well as cyber. If a small business owner is interested in becoming an aware citizen or has a business that might have a naturally high risk level, these are the right people to connect with.
This is a great organization and I believe there is a lot of value for Small Business here. To better understand how to engage, reach out to your InfraGard local Chapter and start a conversation. In this case, talking to a human is the fastest path to getting the great information and help the FBI has to offer.