InfoSec Institute – Discount for InfraGard Members

A special offer has been extended to our InfraGard members from the InfoSec Institute.

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The InfoSec Institute/Intense School is a national provider of Information Security professional development training.

InfoSec Institute extends a 20% discount to members of the Minnesota InfraGard chapter on all professional development programs. Stay up to date on the following: Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, Data Recovery, Penetration Testing and many others.

Also, check out our new proprietary practice test engine, Skillset.com, with over 100,000 free practice questions for the industry’s most popular certs.

Website: www.infosecinstitute.com

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Secure 360 – Save the Date, Call for Presentations and Vendor/Sponsor Registration

Save the dates! 
May 12-13, 2015 
St. Paul River Centre, St. Paul, MN
 Secure360 Conference call for presentations now open 
Are you interested in speaking at the 2015 Secure360 Conference? 

Call for presentations is now open!

Submit a presentation to be considered for the conference. All submissions must be received by Thursday, November 13.  

Secure360 Conference vendor/sponsor registration open

Just a few of the benefits for becoming a sponsor/vendor for this year’s conference include: 

  • Unopposed exhibit hall times
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks in the exhibit areas
  • An opportunity to participate in our mobile app activities
  • Advertisement opportunities
  • Pre and post-conference email blasts (for select sponsors)
  • Complimentary conference registration

Learn more about becoming a sponsor or vendor here

Proud to Announce SA Liz Lehrkamp receives Coordinator of the Year

From our President, Elizabeth Stevens:

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On Monday, September 8, Special Agent Lizabeth Lehrkamp received the 2014 InfraGard Coordinator of the Year award from FBI Director James Comey at the InfraGard Annual Congress, held in Leesburg, Virginia.  The nomination was submitted by InfraGard Minnesota board member Vickie Miller, with input from the North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota chapter presidents, and chosen by an independent selection committee composed of current and former InfraGard board members and volunteers from across the country.  Fifteen Special Agent coordinators were nominated, far exceeding the number of nominations received for the honor in years past.

The Coordinator of the Year award, one of seven national awards and the only one reserved for an FBI employee, was created at the request of InfraGard members to recognize the outstanding coordinators whose dedication and efforts have contributed to the advancement of the InfraGard program. Serving as awards emcee was David Pekoske, Chairman of the Board of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, who shared “Liz is known for her outstanding presentations, and her cyber threat updates are the highlight of chapter meetings.  She is committed to the success of the program, is a very strong motivator, and always recognizes the volunteer efforts.”

SA Liz Lehrkamp began her FBI career in 2005 as a Special Agent in Newark, New Jersey.  She was a recent addition to the FBI Minneapolis Division human intelligence squad, working cyber matters, when she presented The Current Threat to Our Cyber Infrastructure to the InfraGard Minnesota chapter in 2010.  A few months later, in May 2011, she assumed full coordinator responsibilities for the Minnesota, North and South Dakota InfraGard chapters.

On Monday I attended the annual InfraGard congress to serve as chapter delegate.  FBI Director Comey addressed the group and shared a strong message that outlined his focus for the Bureau.  He is 6’8” and projects the strength of the Washington Monument and the commitment of J. Edgar Hoover. Hearing him speak was the highlight of the day. He was more eloquent with his remarks on this partnership program, but I’d say in some ways, it’s like a marriage, in that “it takes two”.  As members, we’re the collective first half, and today InfraGard Minnesota is 800+ members strong. The Director’s comments about private-sector collaboration have me excited about the future of InfraGard, but at the chapter level, the FBI half of the marriage is really represented by the SA Coordinator.   Despite our 800:1 ratio, I suspect my fellow board and committee member volunteers would agree that Liz has contributed at least 50% of the efforts that have made this chapter successful for more than three years now. She’s driven, she’s smart, and she’s fearless.  The program has improved because of her many efforts, and this is well-deserved recognition.  Please take a moment to congratulate her at our meeting next Tuesday.

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InfraGard Broadcast – FBI Flash Alert #28 Posted

Attached is an example of the type of information sharing that the FBI has for its members. We share this one as it has been approved for a wider audience, but normally this type of information is accessible by our members only on our secure portal.
Document Summary: In December 2013, a group of highly sophisticated hackers targeted a U.S. Company with an unidentified piece of malware that was later identified as “Stealer”. While the exact nature of the attack has not been fully determined, it is known that these hackers were after technical systems manuals maintained by a U.S. Company.
Attachment: Flash-M000028-MW