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.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – September 2021

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September 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Beau Barnes
Trial Attorney
Counterintelligence & Export Control Section
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice

What Security Officers Need to Know About Garrity Rights

Beau Barnes is a Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In this position, he investigates and prosecutes espionage, export control, sanctions, malign foreign influence, and cyber intrusion matters, among others. Prior to his current position, Beau was in private practice at two separate international law firms in Washington, DC, where he represented individuals and companies facing government investigations, prosecutions, and regulatory enforcement actions related to national security, fraud and corruption, and privacy and cybersecurity issues. Beau previously served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Beau is a graduate of Boston University Law School, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Lewis & Clark College.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – August 2021

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August 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Agent Tonya Matney
Homeland Security Investigations

Case Study: Nader Modanlo, doing business as, Final Analysis, Inc.

SA Matney will present a case study which targeted a former NASA subcontractor, who was a Naturalized United States Citizen from Iran. MODANLO was convicted in 2013 for charges arising from a conspiracy to illegally broker satellite and rocket technology to Iran over many years while profiting $10 million as part of secret effort to help Tehran launch its first ever satellite.

Tonya Matney is a Special Agent (SA) with Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of DHS which was formed after the events of 911 and combined the legacy authorities of both the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and US Customs Service. SA Matney is assigned to the Counter Proliferation Investigations (CPI) group in Baltimore, Maryland where she has disrupted and dismantled individuals, groups, and procurement networks both domestic and foreign, who attempt to obtain U.S. technology and provide it to proscribed destinations and international terrorist organizations throughout the world in violation of U.S. export laws.


FBI OPS announced last week that they will start accepting InfraGard membership applications on 30 July 2021.  The application and process has been streamlined for efficiency and applicability.  You may apply for membership by clicking “JOIN INFRAGARD” or on the link in the menu bar above.

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National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – July 2021

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July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The FBI’s Illicit Data Loss Exploitation (IDLE) program

SSA Jim Simcox
IDLE Team Lead
FBIHQ-Cyber Division
NCIJTF, Chantilly, VA

Mr. Simcox is a 9-year veteran of the US Navy, and 19-year veteran of the FBI. He has worked Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence matters but has focused on Counterproliferation and Cyber matters for the past several years helping to protect critical technologies and intellectual property during that time. His current position is within the FBI’s Cyber Division at FBIHQ and he is the program lead for the IDLE Program.

The FBI’s IDLE Program is a process to help protect valuable data on networks from the most sophisticated cyber actors regardless of their internal access. The IDLE process is wholly owner-run and provides no government access. It provides three capabilities based on a unique “honey” folder and file configuration that deploys decoy content, may detect exfiltration and/or lost data, and may provide internal tripwire alerts on illicit exfiltration activity. IDLE is compliant with the new NIST 800-172 Standards, as well as the new MITRE Sheild Knowledge Base. We also partner with the National Defense Cyber Alliance.

IHMA July 2021 Chapter Meeting

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

Cybersecurity Awareness – It isn’t working and how to fix it.


A discussion led by Mr. Darren Mott on the recent spate of cyber incidents (SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, JBS) and how changing the approach to cybersecurity awareness can reduce corporate and individual cyber risk.

Bio: Mr. Darren Mott is a Senior Staff Member at Quantum Research International, Inc. and the National Cyber Security Operations Center. He is also a recently retired FBI Special Agent who spent his career investigating and managing Cyber and Counterintelligence programs at FBI Headquarters and in the Charlotte, Cleveland, and Birmingham Field Offices. Mr. Mott also hold Master’s Degrees in Education and Cybersecurity.

North Alabama Counterintelligence Task Force Link and Learn

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June 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The North Alabama Counterintelligence Task Force Link and Learn Program

FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and InfraGard Huntsville Members Alliance are partnering with FBI Birmingham to support a new virtual “Link and Learn” monthly program.

These free programs will be open to FBI private sector partners and others, including security personnel across North Alabama.

Every third Thursday of each month from 11am -12pm a speaker will be featured on a counterintelligence topic and will include case presentations from the agents and supervisors who worked them.

We hope you will be able to join in on this new program and gain insight on a variety of counterintelligence topics.

Program Date: Thursday June 17 11AM-Noon
Presentation: National Counterintelligence Task Force – Overview
Speaker: Matthew Osegard, Unit Chief, National Counterintelligence Task Force, FBI Headquarters

Matt Osegard has served in the FBI since 2004. He worked on and led a wide variety of Counterintelligence and Cyber matters as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent. He is currently the Unit Chief of the National Counterintelligence Task Force, a position he’s held since January 2020. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Osegard served in the Chicago field office.

Prior to his FBI career, Mr. Osegard served as a US Army officer and as a public school teacher in Kentucky. He has a Bachelors’ Degree from Marquette University and a Masters’ Degree in Homeland Security Studies from Tulane University.

Virtual ZOOM presentation. Please register below via Eventbrite for this FREE event. Only 250 participants will be admitted. Zoom link will be provided to registrants on Mondays prior to the event.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 17th!

InfraGard National Presentation and Mobile Chapter Reboot!

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May 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm






InfraGard is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and re-booting the Mobile, Alabama chapter.  You are invited to join InfraGard and the FBI in this virtual educational and networking event.

Agenda May 18, 2021 (CDT):

9:00 am – 9:15 Introductions
         Kimberly Pratt, Executive Director, InfraGard National Members Alliance
         SAC James Jewell, FBI Mobile
         SA John Holland, FBI Private Sector Coordinator, FBI Mobile
         Jason Burt, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region IV, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, DHS

9:15 – 10:00 John Bates, FBI Mobile: WMD, Chemical Precursors, IEDs

10:00 – 10:45 George Rey, Drones

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00-11:45 SA Jerry Bezet, Private Sector Coordinator, FBI Louisiana: China

11:45 – 12:00 Wrap-up

SolarWinds Attack Briefing and Panel Discussion

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January 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Please join us for an in-depth discussion of last month’s SolarWinds breach, including technical details of the breach and the far-reaching industry impact.

Wes Roberts, Presales Systems Engineer w/ Palo Alto Networks, will present a threat briefing prepared by Palo Alto’s Unit42 Cyber Threat Team on the SolarWinds attack. Wes will lay out the timeline and details of the attack and what organizations should be doing to insure they are not vulnerable to similar attacks.

Slava Feige, CISSP-ISSAP, CISA, CISM, has joined the panel. Slava is the Director of Cyber Analysis for Western Digital Corporation, where he is in charge of SOC, incident response, forensics, intelligence, insider threat, and attack surface management.

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Cyber Counterintelligence

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November 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

WiCyS North Alabama Affiliate is hosting a webinar November 5th from 12:00pm to 100pm on Cyber Counterintelligence featuring Darren Mott (retired FBI), AKA The CyBUr Guy.  Everyone is welcome to attend, you just need to register.

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