EPIC to work with NCFTA on mangement of the Cyber Health Working Group (CHWG)
As some of you learned last month at our conference in Charlotte, NC, the Cyber Health Working Group was started in 2016 by the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO), the InfraGard National Members Alliance, and the Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration (EPIC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Charlotte, NC. As the group has evolved, so have the resources needed to ensure its continued success and growth. To that end, the FBI-WFO and InfraGard are transferring their leadership and daily operations of the Cyber Health Working Group to the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Through the NCFTA, the CHWG will be supported by numerous law enforcement agencies to include the FBI’s Cyber Initiative & Resource Fusion Unit (CIRFU), Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Secret Service, IRS, DEA, and many international law enforcement partners.
EPIC will continue its role as a primary partner. CIRFU is a component of the Cyber Division at FBIHQ and is co-located with the other agencies at NCFTA in Pittsburgh, PA, New York, and Los Angeles. NCFTA has become an international model for bringing together law enforcement, private industry, and academia to build and share resources, strategic information, and threat intelligence to identify and stop emerging cyber threats and mitigate existing ones. Because CIRFU and NCFTA are entities with a national, and international perspective and poised to provide analytical support and expertise, they were natural choices for continued progression of the CHWG.
So how does this impact you as a CHWG member? It shouldn’t! The transition should be seamless; but here are the behind-the-scenes happenings you can anticipate:
- Membership will continue to be free, HOWEVER, continued operation will eventually need support from sponsors. While sponsorship will not fall to the members to obtain, NCFTA and EPIC will provide information in the future should you or your company be interested in supporting the CHWG or if you have knowledge of an entity that may be interested.
- EPIC will continue to maintain the intellectual property and technology that physically supports the CHWG (i.e., listserver and portal). NCFTA will be opening an office in Charlotte, NC to ensure close collaboration with EPIC.
- CIRFU (and the other agencies as appropriate) will review listserver traffic to ensure relevant information and intelligence is shared with appropriate offices for investigative purposes, as well as ensuring appropriate law enforcement information and intelligence is shared back with the group so members can take appropriate action to safeguard their networks and assets.
- NCFTA will take over several administrative and intelligence functions including the following:
- Continuance of monthly webinars on topics on interest
- Change the application procedure for new members which will be a referral-based process (more details to come, but Infragard membership will no longer be a requirement)
- Providing a means for current members to vet new applicants to the group who are not referred by a current member
- Provide analytical support to further evaluate listserver traffic; inform members of cross-sector threats; identify trends or emerging threats in the healthcare sector or those in other sectors that could cross into the healthcare sector
- EPIC, NCFTA and CIRFU will continue to have regular coordination calls/meetings to ensure forward progress and growth of group continues
- Whom can you contact with questions or concerns?