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.


IHMA November 2022 Chapter Meeting

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November 1 @ 11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Jeff Kennedy
CISO
Regions Bank

Jeff joined Regions in January 2015. He serves as EVP and Chief Information Security Officer and has enterprise-wide responsibility for information/cyber security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Regions is a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $125 billion in assets, operating approximately 1,600 banking offices in 16 states. Previously, Jeff was the Director of Operational Risk at BOK Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for Information Security, Corporate Purchasing, IT Risk Management, and Enterprise Operational Risk Management. Jeff started his career at Synovus, spending 21 years with the company. The last 5 years he served as the IT Group Executive, where he was responsible for all aspects of technology strategy and delivery.

Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant.

IHMA September 2022 Chapter Meeting

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

Securing Our Financial Critical Infrastructure

Presented by Jamarkus Garrett

Jamarkus Garrett

Jamarkus Garrett is an Assistant Vice President, Operational Risk Officer, Technology & Cybersecurity at Hancock Whitney Bank in the Operational Risk Management Unit under the Corporate Risk Management Group led by the Chief Risk Officer.

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June 2022 IHMA Chapter Meeting

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June 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Teams online & Quantum Research in-person

Guest speaker is Brian Pavone, DHS/CISA Protective Security Advisor, MAISS, CPP, CPD, ACI

As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Protective Security Advisor for Region 4 (Birmingham / Northern District of Alabama)), he will discuss the role of DHS and CISA in our area as well as DHS services available to the private sector. He will also talk about the upcoming World Games and general threats associated with public gatherings and assumptions based on the current environment.

Bio:  Prior to his position as Protective Security Advisor responsible for the Northern District of Alabama. Brian served as the Deputy Branch Chief of Physical Security for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responsible for all field site physical security operations, guard force and electronic security system contract management, security engineering, protective intelligence and threat management, as well as agency security compliance. Before his work with the CDC, Brian worked for the Department of Defense (DoD) as the Mission Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection Section Chief at U.S. Southern Command; Director of Public Safety at Navy Region Center Singapore; and Critical Infrastructure Protection Analyst at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. In addition, he briefly served a two-year stint as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton providing security consulting expertise to the DoD.

Preceding his work in the federal civil service and as a contractor, Brian served 24 years in the U.S. Navy where he retired as a Security Limited Duty Officer (LT/O3E). Brian earned his Master of Arts degree in International Security

Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland University College. 

Brian holds the following professional certifications:

  • ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • NICP CPTED Professional Designation (CPD)
  • ALICE Certified Instructor (ACI)
  • Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) FAC-COR Level II

IHMA March 2022 Chapter Meeting

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March 1 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Our guest speaker for March is Mr. Leonard Jacobs, MS, MBA, CISSP, CSSA

The topic is: When Maritime Cybersecurity Meets Critical Infrastructure…. Remodeling Your Cybersecurity Infrastructure

IHMA January 2022 Chapter Meeting

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January 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our guest speaker for January is LCDR (Ret) R. George Rey Sr.  LCDR Rey will speak on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Bio: Lieutenant Commander Rey retired from the U.S. Navy after completing 33 years of active duty in the United States Navy’s Submarine Service. During that period he served on 5 submarines, 3 major staffs, and two tours in the Pentagon.

He started COTS Technology, a consulting company, supporting industry, academic, and government entities in operational and research endeavors with a focus on Robotic systems. Commander Rey was a key member that development and implemented Tulane University’s Long-term Estuary Assessment Group (LEAG) developing biosensors for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

Commander Rey’s most recent activities he established the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program at Nicholls State University’s Geomatics’ program. This program was the first in Louisiana to receive an FAA approved Certificate Of waiver Authorization (COA) to fly in the National Air Space (NAS) in 2005.

Commander Rey established the Louisiana Pelican Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Leads this statewide organization as the founding president.

Commander Rey Continues to work with companies to develop their UAS programs that meet the FAA’s Part 107 requirements. He is The Vice Chair of Louisiana’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).

He established a UAS SIG (Special Interest Group), aviation Sector Chief, and Serves as the President of InfraGard Louisiana Member’s Alliance.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – December 16, 2021

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December 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: What Security Offices Need to Know About Garrity Rights

Speaker: Beau Barnes, United States Department of Justice

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.

Garrity Rights protect public employees from being compelled to incriminate themselves during investigatory interviews conducted by their employers. This protection stems from the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which declares that the government cannot compel a person to be a witness against him/herself.

For a public employee, the employer is the government itself. When questioned by their employer, they are being questioned by the government. Therefore, the Fifth Amendment applies to that interrogation if it is related to potentially criminal conduct.

Garrity Rights stem not just from the Fifth Amendment, but also the 14th Amendment. While the Fifth Amendment could be said to apply only to the federal government, the “equal protection” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Fifth Amendment applicable to state, county, and municipal governments as well (determined by the United States Supreme Court in 1964’s Malloy v. Hogan)

Garrity Rights originate from a 1967 United States Supreme Court decision, Garrity v. New Jersey.

All Registrants Will Be Sent A TEAMS Link to the event on Monday December 13th and Wednesday 15th.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – November 18, 2021

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November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: Export Control  Overview from The Bureau of Industry and Security                                

Speaker:  Jonathan Barnes

 Jonathan Barnes is a Special Agent (SA) with the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Office of Export Enforcement. The Bureau of Industry and Security’s mission is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring and effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic and technology leadership.

SA Barnes joined the Bureau of Industry and Security in 2002, and is the Forward Assigned Agent in Huntsville, AL.

SA Barnes will present an Export Control Overview detailing the Bureau of Industry and Security’s regulations and policies.

 Login credentials will be sent via separate email on Wednesday Nov 17th.

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