FAQs about InfraGard
What is InfraGard? / Who are We?
Formed in 1996 within the Chicago FBI Field Office, InfraGard is a Public / Private Partnership between the FBI and the private sector, more specifically the sixteen DHS aligned Critical Sectors (http://www.dhs.gov/). Put simply, InfraGard 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.
How Many Chapters and Members?
There are 84 separate 501(c)3 InfraGard Member Alliances (IMAs), or chapters, across the country, each tied to the FBI field office in their geographic region. There is also an InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) that exists to support the InfraGard Chapters. InfraGard currently has over 46,000 active members.
Why Join? / Membership Benefits
- Alerts, Warnings, and Information Sharing with the FBI, DHS, and Law Enforcement
- Timely FBI Threat Briefings
- Cross-Sector Networking with Subject Matter Experts
- Collaboration across National InfraGard Chapter Membership
- Access to secure portal for FOUO notifications
- Special discounts on important seminars and conferences
- SIG and Sector Chief Program
- Eligibility to join LMR Port Security Workgroup (Dam Sector)
- InfraGard Louisiana Member only alerts through a specialized distribution list.
- Qualify for the GETS/WPS Program http://www.infragardmembers.org/initiatives–programs.html
- Access to iGuardian, the FBI’s Industry-Focused Cyber Intrusion Reporting Platform https://www.fbi.gov/resources/law-enforcement/iguardian
- Membership is Free
Who May Join / Applicant Requirements
- Must be at least 18 years of age on the date of completion of this Application.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen (U.S. Citizen by birth as defined by 8 USC 1401-1409 or a U.S. Citizen by Naturalization as defined by 8 USC 1421-1459).
- Must complete this InfraGard Membership Application Form in its entirety.
- Must agree with the InfraGard Information Sharing Policy, Privacy Act Statement, Agreements to Hold Harmless and Code of Ethics.
- Must consent to a security risk assessment and to periodic re-confirmation of the security risk assessment. The risk assessment is a membership vetting process completed by the FBI which includes local, state, and federal criminal history and driver’s license, citizenship, and other security-related database checks. Note that successful completion of the security risk assessment does not equate to a security clearance (InfraGard members are not given security clearances by the FBI).
Who are Current Members of InfraGard? / InfraGard Membership
Owners, operators, and security directors and their staffs of the 16 DHS aligned critical infrastructure sectors, which includes members of local, state, and federal law enforcement, as well as individuals who are involved in the security of and protected research at educational institutions. A description of the critical infrastructure sectors, and the disciplines included within each one can be found on the DHS Official Website. https://www.dhs.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors
How much does it cost to join InfraGard?
InfraGard Membership is Free
Note: InfraGard Louisiana has a strictly voluntary annual membership fee of $30.00.