As Americans, our lifestyle, economy, and national security are supported by a complex framework of businesses and services. The central role of these critical infrastructures and key resources (CIKR), however, makes them especially vulnerable as targets for both physical and cyber attack.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) priority programs share the common goal of protecting the nation’s infrastructure and resources against threats posed by criminals and foreign adversaries. In support of their mission, Bureau teams including Cyber, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and others rely on close dialogue across government, but also benefit substantially from outside collaboration.
With the majority of infrastructure in the U.S. owned and operated by the public-private sector, cultivating information sharing partnerships that incorporate key industry stakeholders alongside law enforcement and government entities is crucial to protecting our most important public assets.
The FBI’s lnfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private coordination with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to CIKR defense
The InfraGard alliance enlists the knowledge base and serves the interests of a wide range of private sector partners who own, operate, and hold key positions within some 85 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard’s subject matter experts include business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer security professionals, academia, and state and local law enforcement—each dedicated to contributing industry-specific insight and advancing national security.
While the FBI gains an improved understanding of the threatscape and a rich source of actionable intelligence through the organization, members are extended access to a host of information and tools that enable them to play a key role in securing infrastructure.
At the local level and online, program benefits encourage collaboration, improve threat awareness and preparedness, and arm members with vital information to safeguard their investments. Those who utilize benefits regularly are better equipped to identify, prioritize, and mitigate vulnerabilities, develop incident response plans, and enact the most current security best practices.