Northern Ohio InfraGard Members Alliance
The Northern Ohio InfraGard Members Alliance is a non-profit organization serving as a public-private partnership among U.S. businesses, individuals involved in the protection and resilience of U.S. critical infrastructure, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The mission 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 the government that facilitates its responsibilities to prevent and address terrorism and other crimes.
The relationship supports information sharing at national and local levels and its objectives are as follows:
InfraGard National Members Alliance
InfraGard members are represented nationally by an elected board of seven representatives called the InfraGard Board of Directors. Elections are held annually at the InfraGard National Congress for voluntary two-year terms. The Board is responsible for representing the membership in the partnership with the FBI. They conduct weekly conference calls to address a variety of issues that face the organization. Board members travel to various chapter activities and attend conferences promoting InfraGard and other issues pertinent to the program.
The Board established several committees to address issues such as membership, incorporation, and partnerships with other private sector associations/organizations.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have also been established to meet the challenges America faces in protecting against criminal, terrorist, and intelligence threats. One such SIG involves InfraGard, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Small Business Administration, and the FBI.
FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation
The Citizens’ Academy is an educational program that gives business, religious, civic, news media, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI and an opportunity to meet the men and women of the Bureau. Students gain insight into the structure and operation of an FBI field office; learn the legal basis for the FBI’s jurisdiction and issues relating to congressional oversight, and hear about the services we provide to local and state law enforcement agencies. The class is typically six Thursday evenings, held consecutively, at the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office.
How to Join InfraGard
Visit the National Website and submit an application:
InfraGard membership requires passing a background check that includes: criminal history and FBI database checks. The background check is performed by FBI personnel, and results are kept strictly confidential. If you have a current federal security clearance, the background check is waived.
This process could take a while so please allow several weeks to a couple of months for processing.
We are not currently accepting applications from those not in one of the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors or students.
Question and Answer FAQ
Here are a few helpful Q & A’s when filling out the form:
Q: What address is being asked for on the application?
A: You are required to include both your business and home address. Please note that PO Boxes are not allowed.
Q: Which Chapter should I join?
A: InfraGard has chapters all over the nation, with 5 in Ohio: Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton. Join the one closest to you, or the most applicable to your needs.
The Northern Ohio InfraGard Members Alliance Board of Directors is made up of dedicated InfraGard members who volunteer their time and leadership to serve the chapter membership through such initiatives as free and low-cost training programs, meeting and special event organization, community outreach, partnerships, etc.
Tony Pietrocola - President Board of Directors - Cybersecurity Executive / President Agile1-Autonomous (Elected 2020)
Steffanie AK Shilling - Vice President Board of Directors - Global Program Manager, AMTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Elected 2021)
Rosemarie Shell - Treasurer - Facility Security Specialist, FedEx (Re-elected 2019)
Keith Fricke - Secretary - Partner and Principal at tw-Security
Rich Ullom - President Emeritus - AVP Technical Services / Information Security Officer, Western Reserve Group
Dave Carrell - Facility Security Officer, BGI, LLC (Elected 2018) Sector Security and Resiliency
Ganpat Wagh - (Appointed 2020)
Roger Herbst - Information Security Consultant, Senior Fellow at CPE (Elected 2020)
SMSgt Michael D. Dumas - Cyber Chief Enlisted Manager, 179th Airlift Wing Ohio Air National Guard (Elected 2020)
Tiffany L. Braun - Principal, Information Security Risk and Compliance at Mercer (Elected 2020)
Tom Butler - Director of Cybersecurity and Intelligence, Cleveland Clinic (Elected 2019) Vice President
Jess Walpole - VP Global Information Security and IT Operations, Lincoln Electric
Board positions are held for 2 years and are voted on in the 4th quarter NOC InfraGard chapter meeting.
Advisory Committee Members:
Bill Murray, Charles Norman, Steve Switz, Jack Nickelson, Andy Weaver, and Larry Mackey
InfraGard NOC Sector Security and Resiliency Program (SSRP)
Critical Manufacturing Sector - Vacant
Financial Services Sector - Joe Watts - CISO, Bridgestone Americas-Credit Division (Credit First NA)
Healthcare and Public Sector - Vacant
Transportation Systems Sector - Brian Kelley - CTO, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
Energy Sector - Vacant
Communications Sector - Richard Dawson - Director | NOC, Forst Communications
Higher Education Sector - Kenneth Atchinson - Associate Professor, Baldwin Wallace University
Special Interest Groups:
Faith-Based Organizations - Vacant
EMP SIG - John Juhasz - President/CEO, Telepath Systems Inc.
The Northern Ohio Chapter of InfraGard is an independent entity and is not a component of the FBI. Copyright © 2012-2015 Northern Ohio InfraGard Members Alliance. All Rights Reserved.
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