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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: