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About the Vermont InfraGard Chapter

Charter and Mission Statement

The InfraGard Vermont Members Alliance (IVMA) chapter comprises working professionals and others interested in the field of information security and infrastructure protection in the state of Vermont. The group is committed to acting as a communications coordination facilitator and information resource within the state. We are organized within the charter of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) in cooperation with the FBI and participate with more than 80 other InfraGard Members Alliance chapters throughout the U.S. Our goal is to facilitate communication and share expertise amongst our peers.

The Vermont InfraGard chapter comprises individuals throughout Vermont that are involved in information security and infrastructure protection. Members come from all types of organizations and industries, including K-12 and higher education, health care, financial services, law enforcement (local, state, and federal), and government. The chapter is recognized by the national InfraGard organization and subscribes to the organization's code of ethics. This chapter originated as, and continues to be, an organization and resource for the Vermont information security community and affiliated with the Vermont Information Technology Center, although our scope includes all critical infrastructures. InfraGard was originally started as a program by the FBI per Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD 63): "The Clinton Administration's Policy on Critical Infrastructure Protection" (May 1998), later reinforced by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7): "Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection" (December 17, 2003).

Our chapter maintains a general discussion list for Vermont InfraGard chapter members. To subscribe to this list, send e-mail to Joshua Silman. The chapter also maintains a discussion list that is only available to official, vetted InfraGard members.

IVMA Officers:

To obtain general information or answers to any specific questions about the InfraGard program, contact the IVMA FBI Liaison:

    Special Agent Jeffrey Barrette
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    FBI Albany Field Office
    200 McCarty Avenue
    Albany, NY 12209

    SA Jeffrey Barrette, FBI

InfraGard Definition

InfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge base of a wide range of members. At its most basic level, InfraGard is a cooperative undertaking between the U.S. Government (led by the FBI) and an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to increasing the security of United States critical infrastructures.

All InfraGard participants are committed to the proposition that a robust exchange of information about threats to and actual attacks on these critical infrastructures is an important element for successful infrastructure protection efforts.

The goal of InfraGard is to enable that information flow so that the owners and operators of infrastructure assets can better protect themselves and so that the United States government can better discharge its law enforcement and national security responsibilities.

(From the InfraGard Web site)

InfraGard Code of Ethics

As an InfraGard member it is my responsibility to:

  • Promote the protection and advancement of the critical infrastructure of the United States of America
  • Cooperate with others in the interchange of knowledge and ideas for mutual protection
  • Support the education of members and the general public to enhance their understanding of information security and national information infrastructure issues
  • Serve in the interests of InfraGard and the general public in a diligent, loyal, honest manner, and not knowingly be a party to any illegal or improper activities.
  • Maintain the confidentiality, and prevent the use for competitive advantage at the expense of other members, of information obtained in the course of my involvement with InfraGard, which includes but is not limited to:
    • Information concerning the business of a fellow member or company
    • Information identified as proprietary, confidential or sensitive
  • Abide by the National and Local Chapter InfraGard Bylaws
  • Protect and respect the privacy rights, civil rights, and physical and intellectual property rights of others

(From the InfraGard Web site)