InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

The Huntsville Chapter of InfraGard meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Meeting details are posted on this website at least one week prior to every meeting.


Chemical Sector and Critical Manufacturing

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April 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

ALL attendees must RSVP (with or without lunch).

Note: Our host request we park at the rear of the building. There is ample parking available.

Speaker: Beth Letson
Sector: All
Summary: Beth Letson is a North Alabama native, originally from Hartselle. She holds a BS in Management Information Systems from UA-Huntsville and a MS in Information Security from UAB. She has over 18 years of experience within IT and cybersecurity, 12 of those working in industrial controls systems environments. She was a part of the design team responsible for the development of the National Children’s Advocacy Center campus off of Pratt Avenue in Huntsville. Additionally, she spent several years supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Management Office at Redstone Arsenal. Her industrial controls systems experience began with 3M in Decatur, AL, where she developed and maintained communications solutions between controls systems and business networks. Today, she works in a similar role at Indorama Ventures (formerly known as BP Chemicals) in Decatur. She is also responsible for securing the process controls network, developing related policies, and consulting her business network counterparts. She lives in Moulton, AL with her husband, Jimmie, and two young children.

Make sure your RSVP by April 2nd at 8:00am and don’t forget to mark you lunch order.

Open source intelligence

March 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

ALL attendees must RSVP (with or without lunch).

Note: Our host request we park at the rear of the building. There is ample parking available.

Speaker: Oolan Zimmer is a veteran of the technology and computer security industries. Oolan has worked on a variety of software and computer security projects in research, operations, offense, and defense. He currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the cyber security mission at MDA.
Sector: All
Summary: Every day, every one of us leaves a trail of information that is publicly available. Every day, every one of us is immersed in a sea of information of questionable relevance and accuracy. And every day, every one of us is betrayed by the way our minds process this information.

OSINT, or open source intelligence, means different things in different contexts. This talk will focus on two of those areas related to open source intelligence.

The first area describes how an intelligence analyst extracts intelligence from information by identifying common mental traps and compensating for both internal and external biases. I will show you how to use the mental tradecraft from traditional intelligence to make sense of the world around you.

The second area explores how to follow digital breadcrumbs. This reconnaissance methodology is part of every targeted Cyber attack. This will help you gain an understanding of the risks your public information poses to you and your organization.

Make sure your RSVP by March 5th at 8:00am and don’t forget to mark you lunch order.

Conducting a Cyber Table Top Exercise (CTTX)

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February 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

ALL attendees must RSVP (with or without lunch).

Note: Our host request we park at the rear of the building. There is ample parking available.

Speaker: Jeremy B. Blevins, nou Systems
Sector: All
Mr. Blevins is a Cybersecurity Analyst with nou Systems, Inc., and an Adjunct CIS Instructor at Calhoun Community College.

Make sure your RSVP by February 5th at 8:00am and don’t forget to mark you lunch order.

2018 South Central Region Information Sharing Initiative

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January 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Huntsville and Birmingham Member Alliances in partnership with the FBI are pleased to announce the deployment of the Huntsville – Information Sharing Initiative “Cyber and Counterintelligence, Legal Considerations.”

The South Central-ISI Program was designed to maximize the benefit of information sharing to the public and private sector. The ISI seeks to adopt a consistent, cross-functional, multidisciplinary approach to assess and manage information sharing. This particular session will concentrate on counterintelligence and legal considerations to information sharing between private sector companies and the Federal Government.

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https://www.igevents.org/index.php?eid=LOkuenzNP4

End-of-the-Year Party

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December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come celebrate our amazing year! We will meet at Rocket City Tavern to eat and socialize. This is a great networking opportunity. Bring a friend and introduce them to the benefits of InfraGard membership. Meet and network with the new InfraGard Board and FBI Team! We are serving light hors d oeuvres and goodies.

Members and guests should both register please.

Chapter Elections

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November 12, 2017 @ 12:00 am - November 18, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2 of our Chapter ByLaws, an election of the officers for 2018-2019 will be conducted the second week of November. The Candidates are:

President

Glenn Curenton

Mr. Curenton has over twenty-five years of progressively responsible experience in executive and technical management, the design and implementation of complex system and software architectures, cyber security, strategic development, and organizational change.

He possesses multiple industry experience including Department of Defense, NASA and other federal and state government agencies and commercial firms. Spanning his professional career, Mr. Curenton has successfully won and/or managed contracts totaling in excess of $2 billion.

His previous positions include Chief Executive Officer; Vice President of Advanced Programs; Senior Technical Director; Director, Space & Missile Defense; and Vice President of Government Operations/Director, Advanced Information Technologies.

In addition to his civilian achievements, Mr. Curenton is a veteran of almost three decades of combined active duty and reserve military service with assignments to Air Combat Command, Air Defense Weapons Center, Air Force Intelligence Command, and office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E).

Mr. Curenton holds a number of certifications including cyber security, intelligence, and counterintelligence threat analysis.

Vice President

Michael Lee

Michael Lee is the current Secretary for InfraGard Huntsville Members Alliance. Over the last four years as Secretary, he has helped plan and run monthly meetings and special events, re-establish our chapter’s IRS non-profit status, setup and maintain our chapter website, and keep up all organizational paperwork.

Over the last five years in InfraGard, Michael has been heavily involved in InfraGard. He has
been on the planning committee for Cyber Camp both years, and has defined and taught the station on steganography at Cyber Camp both years. He has presented five presentations at InfraGard meetings on cryptography, router vulnerabilities, password best practices, and bitcoin. He will also be giving a new presentation on steganography to our chapter in February. He has been a speaker and panelist for several InfraGard special events including a joint InfraGard / Chamber of Commerce event on Cyber Threats to small businesses. Michael is also serving as the current IT Sector Chief and is helping define what role our Sector Chief program will play in our chapter.

Michael was previously the Training Director for ISSA where he hosted several cyber-related training events. He also served two years as the Technical Track Chair for the National Cyber Summit. Professionally, Michael is a Senior Cyber Engineer at Radiance Technologies. He has over 15 years of experience conducting cyber tool development, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, full spectrum cyber operations, cyber defense, and network exploitation. He has led the development of multiple cyber tools involving cryptography, data integrity, authentication, and software protections.

As our InfraGard chapter’s Vice President, Michael will work to expand the number of special events hosted by InfraGard, especially events examining the intersection between critical infrastructure areas. One of these events will examine the cyber-related threats to each of the critical infrastructure areas, such as cyber threats to medical devices or hospitals. In addition, Michael will continue to focus on attracting high quality and relevant speakers to our monthly meetings.​

Gary McCullors

Gary McCullors is the Director of Information Technology Services for Athens State University, an upper level institution of higher education with traditional and distant learning programs at the baccalaureate and masters level.  His team procures, deploys, secures, maintains, and provides enterprise services for local and remote locations in support of the university’s mission.  He has served in this role for 17 years and built a professional portfolio during that time which includes Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, and Novell certifications.  Prior to this role, he served 23 years in the United States Army in various aviation assignments from pilot through Corp level assistant aviation officer with several tours in Europe and Asia.  As a general member of InfraGard, Gary has volunteered and supported InfraGard events wherever he is allowed, especially the annual Cyber Forensics Camps.  Gary is also a recent graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and current member of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

During his free time, Gary and his wife Alexis caters to a herd of five horses and look for new ways to spoil their granddaughter Peyton.

Treasurer

Christine Karlson

Christine Karlson is the current president for InfraGard Huntsville Members Alliance holding this office since 2014. In this role she has worked to increase membership from 190 to over 350, started InfraGard initiatives and partnerships like the extremely successful Cyber Forensics Camp, Identity Theft Conference, and the Active Shooter Conference. Chris  is also the InfraGard National South Central Regional Representative, an InfraGard National Mentor, and will lead the Special Programs committee for our local
chapter.   Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management of Technology, a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security, and supports the Program Protection Division of the Missile Defense Agency.

Secretary

Carlene Osmer

Carlene Osmer is the Site Operations Manager and Facility Security Officer (FSO) at The MITRE Corporation-Huntsville, AL.  She has worked in the security field for 30 years and has been the FSO for MITRE-Huntsville since July 1992, 25 years. She received the James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award in 2014.

Carlene’s major in college was Accounting and Business Management.  Like many others, she fell into Security by default and  learned quickly that, in addition to hard work, networking (knowledge sharing) is key to being a successful FSO, both within a company and out.

Carlene is an active member of NCMS, ASIS, Infragard and FBICAAA.  She is currently on the board for InfraGard Huntsville chapter, Financial Auditor for NCMS local chapter, and Membership Coordinator for ASIS.  Carlene has served on the ASIS board for many years, 2 terms on FBICAAA Board, and a few years as part of the InfraGard board.  She has served on many security committees, recently helped host the Annual Infragard Cyber Camp for kids.

Carlene has been married for 30 years and has a son who is 26 years old, who runs their family businesses; Maysville General Store and Osmer Landscaping.

 

Board Members-at-Large (3)

Jeremy Blevins

Jeremy Blevins a Cybersecurity Analyst with nou Systems, Inc., supporting the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal, AL. He holds a Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis from Utica College, a Master of Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University, an Associate of Applied Science in Missile and Munitions Technology from Calhoun Community College, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Jeremy currently serves as the Vice President of the InfraGard Huntsville Members Alliance and has been a member of the Chapter since 2008. He is a 2011 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. As a member of the Huntsville InfraGard chapter Jeremy has represented the chapter as a speaker at other venues such as the 2015 FBI Economic Espionage panel hosted by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and the recent ISSA sponsored RocketSecure Conference at Calhoun Community College. His other involvement in the Cyber community includes having served on the North Alabama ISSA Board of Directors, and several years involvement with the National Cyber Summit, having served as its Program Chair in 2014 and 2015.

Rebecca Falcon

Rebecca Falcon is the President of BOLDLogic – a technology services, cybersecurity, systems engineering and project management advisory firm.  She has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field and is a subject matter expert in implementing and managing cybersecurity operations for both government and commercial customers.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).  Rebecca previously served as the President of the Huntsville City Schools Cyber Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for Cyber Huntsville, North Alabama Chapter of Information Systems Security Association (NACISSA), and Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Technology (HASBAT).

Harry (Bud) Gifford

Harry (Bud) Gifford s a Senior Systems Engineer at Athens State University.  He and his team are responsible for the deployment, optimization, security, and administration of the university’s infrastructure, systems, services, and data center.  He oversees the management of multiple independent Blade Centers, as well as virtualization solutions encompassing over 70 virtual servers, four independent storage solutions, and a digital document retention system.  He also deploys, manages, maintains, and monitors several security devices which include Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), IDS systems, and vulnerability scanning systems.  Bud holds several professional certifications from Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) which includes the GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler) and GAWN (GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks) certifications, multiple Microsoft certifications including the Microsoft Certified System Engineer certification (MSCE), as well as CompTIA, Tenable, and Novell certifications.  Bud is an active volunteer in support of InfraGard events and makes a significant contribution as a volunteer at the annual Cyber Forensics Camps.  In addition to his professional career accomplishments, he is a 2016 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and is current member of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

Alan Thielbar

 

 

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Mission and Capabilities of the TEDAC

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November 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The November meeting will be a joint meeting and will be on Wednesday November 8, 2017 at
The Jackson Center.

There will NOT be a meeting on Tuesday November 7, 2017

Please join AFCEA and InfraGard for an informative presentation from:

Mr. Gerald M. Lyons
Section Chief, Terrorist Explosives Device Analytical Center (TEDAC),
Laboratory Division of the FBI
On the Mission and Capabilities of the TEDAC

1130-1300 Luncheon
The hall opens at 1100 for networking

Tickets are $30 for an individual and $260 for a corporate table.

Tickets may be obtained at:
https://fbi-tedac-luncheon.eventbrite.com

Paul Daymond Recognized as InfraGard FBI Coordinator of the Year

Please join us in congratulating our very own Paul Daymond for being the 2017 InfraGard FBI Coordinator of the Year! Paul was presented this award at the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) Congress & 2nd Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, in September.

(L-R) Gary Gardner – InfraGard National Board, Maureen O’Connell – InfraGard National Board, Mr Bowdich – FBI Associate Deputy Director, Mr. Paul Daymond – InfraGard FBI Coordinator of the Year

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October 2017 Meeting

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October 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speaker

Our October Speaker is MAJ Jonathan Poarch, Commander, 175th Cyber Protection Team, Alabama Army National Guard. MAJ Poarch has earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Jefferson State Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Masters Degree in Human Environmental Science from the University of Alabama. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and a CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP). MAJ Poarch is a recipient of the Southern Research Institute Technical Excellence Award, the Alabama Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.

 

InfraGard Cyber Forensics Camp Overview

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September 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

ALL attendees must RSVP (with or without lunch).

Note: Our host request we park at the rear of the building. There is ample parking available.

Speaker: Christine Karlson, current InfraGard President and National South East Regional Representative.
Sector: All

A buffet lunch is offered for $20 (must show receipt).
Earn 1 hour continuing education unit.

Make sure your RSVP by September 4th at 8:00am and don’t forget to mark you lunch order.