What is Infragard?
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.

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Nationwide Insurance Donates $2,500 to Support InfraGard Program for Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure
Funds will be used to support the training and education needs of InfraGard’s regional members

COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 29, 2014 – Nationwide Insurance expressed its ongoing support of InfraGard by donating $2,500 to the InfraGard Central Ohio Members Alliance at its 2014 Cyber Summit on October 27th.  The check was presented to Chapter President Clifford Collins by Kirk Herath, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer for Nationwide Insurance.  Nationwide is a Platinum sponsor of the InfraGard chapter and has proven time and time again that it is a partner in helping protect the country’s critical infrastructure.

Chapter President Clifford Collins (left) accepts check from Kirk Herath,
Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer for Nationwide Insurance

About InfraGard
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.  InfraGard supports the FBI’s investigative mission, especially as it pertains to counterterrorism and cybercrimes.  The goal of InfraGard is to promote ongoing dialogue and timely communication between members and the FBI.  InfraGard members gain access to information that enables them to protect their assets and in turn give information to government that facilitates its responsibilities to prevent and address terrorism and other crimes.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s.  The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; specialty health; pet, motorcycle, boat and farm insurance.  For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

2014 Cyber-Summit A Huge Success

Through a partnership with Ohio Homeland Security and financial support from Nationwide Insurance, Bowditch Consulting, Ohio Utilities Protection Service, Porter Wright Law Firm, and R.DORSEY+COMPANY, approximately 150 security professionals from all over Ohio were treated to a day full of interesting talks and presentations.  Representatives from private industry, federal, state, and local law enforcement and government, and academia were enlightened (and sometimes entertained) by experts in multiple fields.  Topics included trending threats, case studies, and recommendations for what can be done to prepare for and defend against current and future threats to business and governmental continuity.  As they become available, we will post pictures and presentation links on this website in the "LINKS TO CURRENT / RECENT TOPICS & RESOURCES" section below.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank our partners, our sponsors, and all the attendees for making this summit possible.  We apologize to those who were unable to obtain admission - the demand for tickets was so high that all seats were reserved well in advance of the scheduled date.  The number of attendees this year almost doubled last year's count, and we are already planning for a larger venue for next year's event.

We welcome any comments and suggestions (and volunteers) for next year's program - you can reach the planning committee by sending an email to

Learn More About Infragard

InfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of a wide range of members. At its most basic level, InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector. InfraGard is 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 Chapters are geographically linked with FBI Field Office territories.

To join InfraGard, open the online application here.


Suspicious Activity Reporting
DHS has developed several different online training programs explaining the DHS National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, and included one for Private Sector Security.


*** The FBI is recruiting! ***
Computer scientists wanted - see the details here


FEMA Independent Study Program
Online (no charge)
The complete online course catalog
FEMA IS Courses


Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships
Online (no charge)
Recommended course for all InfraGard Members
FEMA Course IS-660


EMP Special Interest Group
This is a new effort that is being headed by Chuck Manto from the Maryland IMA. Chuck can be reached at 410-991-1469 or
if you have any additional questions about the SIG.

EMP-SIG Press Release       EMP-SIG Overview



Presentation by Michael J. Pannell, Director, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
FCEM&HS Agency Brief


Presentation by Tamara Kaufman, Marketing and Communications Director, Central Ohio InfraGard
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)


Presentation by Marshall Dyson, Vice President, Central Ohio InfraGard
The Lone Wolf


Resources from the 2013 Security Summit:
Presentation by Robert Behlen, US Executive District Attorney
18 U.S.C. 1030 - Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Executive Order 13636 — Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Recommendations from the Security Presentation


Presentation by Brent Huston
Introducing the Stolen Data Impact Model (SDIM) Project
You can also find the SDIM materials here: sdimsite.blogspot.com


References Provided by Porter Wright Law Firm
Ohio's Requirement to Report Data Breach to Law Enforcement
Ohio's Data Breach Notification Laws
Measuring Loss of a Data Breach

A Trans-Atlantic exploration of emerging privacy law and policy issues
Implementing cloud strategies
Don’t forget about e-discovery when moving to the cloud
Top three trends from the 2013 IAPP Global Privacy Summit
What Border Officials Can Do with Your Laptop And Cellular Phone
One Year Later: An Update on the Proposed EU Privacy Regulation
Canada’s Tough Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) Moves Closer to Being Effective
State Tort and CFAA Claims Survive Motion to Dismiss In Ohio Employee Cyberhacking Case
Information Privacy Regulation – What You Need to Know About Current Developments
The Sedona Conference® Publishes International Principles on Discovery, Disclosure & Data Protection
Data Protection in Social Networks
What’s next in EU data protection?


RBN Presentation by Alan Czarnecki
Snort for the Road Warrior


2012 Critical Sector and Issues Symposium
Ohio Homeland Security
Director Richard Baron keynote presentation
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Chief Patrick Sheehan presentation
US Department of Homeland Security
Deputy Director Bradford Willke presentation


Dan Houser, "BYOD(evice) without BYOI(nsecurity)"
Mr. Houser's presentation at RSA Conference 2012 (video).
Mr. Houser's presentation at RSA Conference 2012 (slides).


Donald Barker, TSA - List of Resources
Mr. Barker has supplied these links as references to his presentation.


John Myers, Franklin County Sheriff's Office - List of Resources
Capt. Myers has supplied these contact links as references to his presentation.


State of Ohio Cyber Security Strategy
Ohio is taking a proactive stance on cyber security and building a foundation for the future. In the coming year the cyber security working group recommends that the following steps be taken, within the timeframes indicated, to begin forming this foundation.
Look at Initiative #4 for InfraGard's part in this strategy.


DHS Private Sector Resources Catalog 2.0
This document collects the training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs, and services available to the private sector from across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Presentation given by Dr. Michael J. Frankel
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), Nov 18th, 2010


Presentation given by AUSA Robert Behlen
References and Links, May 26th, 2010


Presentation given by Beth Eck
(First Link and Citizen Corps) March 24, 2010


Presentation given by Michael Fielding
(Columbus Dept. of Health) Sept. 23, 2009



Nationwide Insurance
is a Platinum Sponsor of InfraGard Central Ohio Members Alliance

Bowditch ConsultingOUPS


 Bowditch ConsultingOhio Utilities Protection Service,
Porter Wright, and R.DORSEY+COMPANY

are Silver Sponsors of InfraGard Central Ohio Members Alliance


FBI SOS (Safe Online Surfing)



Homeland Security Advisory System Yellow Advisory

Infragard® FBI Shoot Gallery

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