Tri-State hosts InfraGard meeting in collaboration with the FBI

Infra-Gard-01Last week, Tri-State had the distinction of hosting the quarterly meeting of the InfraGard Denver Members Alliance. InfraGard is a collaborative effort between the FBI and critical infrastructure private sector subject matter experts in the fields of cyber and physical security.

Kevin Smith, Tri-State’s enterprise security specialist, serves as the energy sector chief of the Denver InfraGard chapter and Allan Wick, enterprise security manager, serves on the board of directors.

Donna Baptiste of Colorado Springs Utilities spoke to InfraGard members about last summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire.

Donna Baptiste of Colorado Springs Utilities spoke to InfraGard members about last summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire.

“InfraGard is a unique opportunity for those protecting our nation’s critical infrastructures to network with colleagues in interdependent sectors and to work closely with the FBI to deter threats against the industries we represent,” Wick said.

The theme of the chapter’s meeting was “Natural Hazards and Continuity of Operations,” which focused on the unique challenges that Colorado experiences when responding to and recovering from natural disasters such as tornadoes, winter storms, severe winds and wildfires. Presenters and participants discussed lessons learned from past disasters, preparedness plans and alternative approaches.

Approximately 100 members attended the event, which was strongly supported by Tri-State. Speakers included experts from the utilities sector, the National Weather Service and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Meeting attendees heard about lessons learned from past disasters, preparedness plans and alternative approaches to dealing with crises.

Meeting attendees heard about lessons learned from past disasters, preparedness plans and alternative approaches to dealing with crises.

More than 1,600 local chapter members of the InfraGard Members Alliance have the opportunity to join with fellow private sector subject matter experts to discuss issues, concerns and threats that impact the nation’s critical infrastructure security, as well as their business interests on a local level.

Each of the 86 chapters across the U.S. is co-located with an FBI field office and is represented by both a private sector chapter president and an FBI special agent coordinator.

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