Public hearings were held at the George R. Brown Convention Center today for lawmakers to gain insight into the preparedness of the Greater Houston area. A number of local emergency management officials provided the committee with specific details on readiness.
Bob Janusaitis from the Houston Chapter provided testimony in support of the ER-ITN system which is a collaborative effort of InfraGard, the National Sheriff's Association, and the Pegasus Program. Bob was accompanied by Subject Matter Expert - Daniel Renaud of the Pegasus Program. The Committee was encouraged to support state wide adoption of the system which facilitates the re-entry of critical infrastructure personnel after a crisis.
Seated right table:
Bob Janusaitis - InfraGard Houston, Daniel Renaud - Pegasus Program
ER-ITN has been successfully tested in Houston/Galveston area and is in active use in the Gulf Coast States involved in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The Houston Infragard Chapter is participating on the Joint Information Center (JIC) of the 2010 CatPro Exercise being held May 4th through 5th, 2010. This will provide an opportunity to exercise communications with the JIC from the Houston InfraGard chapter under simulated emergency conditions. InfraGard Houston will provide critical infrastructure status to Harris County.
The Houston InfraGard chapter in conjunction with the New Orleans Chapter has established a Facebook and Twitter account for all Gulf Coast State InfraGard chapters. The pilot project will be used to share information among subject matter experts and to provide a conduit for InfraGard chapters to collaborate in response to events that impact critical infrastructure.
Additional information will be made available to each chapter in the region as necessary.
The Department of Defense released its official policy on new/social media today. The policy (Directive-Type Memorandum 09-026), which is effective immediately, states that the default for the DoD non-classified network (the NIPRNET) is for open access so that all of DoD can use new media. This is DoD’s first official policy on new media. Prior to today, the Services and other DoD components developed and implemented their own ad hoc policies — some banning it all together. Under this new policy, there will be open and consistent access across the board, but prohibited content sites (gambling, pornography, hate-crime activities) will still be blocked. Also, Commanders at all levels and heads of DoD components will continue to keep networks safe from malicious activity and take actions, as required, to safeguard missions.
for our next InfraGard meeting at the SecureWorld Expo held at Reliant Center for a continental breakfast beginning at 8:15, followed by a presentation by Special Agent Randall Clark of the FBI and a keynote address by Rich Garcia.
The Houston Chapter of InfraGard provides members of the Critical Infrastructure community a means to share information to prevent, protect, and defend against hostile acts against Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR).
Members will find access to a number of resources that are used on a day to day basis, and find a number of communication portals to assist in protecting critical infrastructure.
If you're a visitor you might want to start at the About us page to find out more about the InfraGard program.