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Global Technology Leaders Launch Midwest EMP SIG (Special Interest Group) to Focus on Solutions to Electromagnetic Pulse Attack and Solar (Geomagnetic) Storm Threats to the National Infrastructure

Mt. Prospect, IL (October 8, 2015) – Jack Pressman, Executive Director, announced today the official launch of the Midwest Regional EMP (“Electromagnetic Pulse”) Special Interest Group (SIG). The Midwest EMP SIG will function as a regional subsection of the InfraGard National EMP SIG and will focus on developing a multi-pronged strategy to bolster national resiliency to the threats from man-made EMP attacks and naturally occurring Solar (Geomagnetic) Storms to local, regional and national critical infrastructure.

Specifically, the Midwest EMP SIG will be tasked with developing policy, planning, and implementation to:

1)     Build a federal and state government plan to coordinate with municipalities, utilities, critical life safety providers, and the private sector a financial strategy/pathway to rebuild, protect, and reinforce the local and regional critical electrical grid core distribution systems;

2)     Create a task force to bring together government, utility, insurance, science, and industry leaders to develop a clear set of guidelines for the testing and certification of EMP specific protected infrastructure; and

3)     Develop local, municipal and regional fast response strategies for EMP resilient “micro grid” infrastructure deployment and replacement to support critical mission / life safety resources (hospitals, food distribution, water pumping/ filtration, emergency responders) and related vital core infrastructure.

In addition, to Mr. Pressman, the Board of Directors of the Midwest EMP SIG will be composed of global technology leaders who have been actively involved with both InfraGard and the National EMP SIG. The Board includes: John Jackson (Chairman), Michael Caruso, William Michael and Steven Pappas.

 About InfraGard and the InfraGard National Members Alliance

The InfraGard program began in 1996 as a collaborative effort between private sector cyber professionals and the FBI field office in Cleveland Ohio. The FBI later expanded the program to each of the FBI’s 56 field offices. In 2003 the private sector members of InfraGard formed the “InfraGard National Members Alliance” (INMA). The INMA is a non-profit Delaware LLC with 501(c)3 status. The INMA LLC is comprised of over 80 separate 501(c)3 InfraGard Member Alliances (IMAs) representing over 40,000 FBI-vetted, InfraGard Subject Matter Experts. The INMA has a dual-focus value proposition. First, InfraGard provides its members with unmatched opportunities to promote the physical and cyber security of their organizations, through access to a trusted, national network of Subject Matter Experts from the public and private sectors. Secondly, it provides government stakeholders, at the Local, State, and Federal levels, with unmatched access to the expertise and experience of critical infrastructure owners and operators.