Strong partnerships with the private sector are essential if we are to prevent attacks and intrusions—both physical and electronic—against critical infrastructures such as banks, hospitals, telecommunications systems, emergency services, water and food supplies, the Internet, transportation networks, postal services, and other major industries that have a profound impact on our lives.
To build these partnerships, the FBI works with local businesses, universities, research centers, and owners and operators of critical infrastructure to provide them with the information they need to protect themselves from threats.
InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.
InfraGard's over 30,000 private sector members, spread across 86 local chapters nationwide, represent, own, and operate approximately 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructures. They include infrastructure experts in local communities such as business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer security professionals, members of academia, state and local law enforcement, as well as concerned citizens.
Agents assigned to the InfraGard program bring meaningful news and information to the table: threat alerts and warnings, vulnerabilities, investigative updates, overall threat assessments, case studies, and more. Our private sector partners share expertise, strategies, and most importantly, leads and information that help us track down criminals and terrorists.
For more information on InfraGard, please visit http://www.infragard.net.
Through the Business Alliance, the FBI builds relationships with cleared defense contractors to enhance their understanding of the threat posed to their programs and personnel by foreign intelligence services and foreign competitors. This dialogue results in an increase in the quality and quantity of counterintelligence-related information shared with the FBI by these contractors, resulting in the disruption of foreign intelligence activities targeting their work.
Through the delivery of counterintelligence education and the sharing of actionable intelligence, we enable business partners to identify counterintelligence vulnerabilities within their organizations. Counterintelligence awareness can result in modifications to their internal behaviors and processes that decrease susceptibility to theft of intellectual property. The protection of our Business Alliance partners’ intellectual property results in tangible benefits to our national security.
The Academic Alliance is a national outreach effort charged with sharing information and establishing a dialogue with academic institutions to increase awareness of threat and national security issues in order to foster a spirit of cooperation. The Academic Alliance has two distinct outreach components:
- The National Security Higher Education Advisory Board (NSHEAB) includes presidents/chancellors from our nation’s top public and private research institutions. The board, which meets regularly, provides a forum for FBI leadership and academia to discuss national security issues of mutual concern.
- The College and University Security Effort (CAUSE). Through CAUSE, FBI executives meet with the heads of local colleges and universities to discuss national security issues and share information and ideas. Topics covered include briefings on national security threats that these research institutions may be facing. We enable counterintelligence protection by explaining how and why some foreign entities may be attempting to steal research.
The FBI Citizens’ Academy offers a unique opportunity for community leaders to get an inside look at the Bureau. Participants are selected by their local field office, must be 21 years of age with no prior felony convictions, and must pass a background investigation. Citizens’ Academy classes are typically one night a week for eight to ten weeks and cover topics including: the FBI’s jurisdiction; the structure and function of an FBI field office and resident agency; services the FBI provides to local and state law enforcement agencies; collection and preservation of physical evidence; ethics and disciplinary policies; civil rights; firearms training; and future trends in law enforcement and intelligence.
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