Founded in 1996, InfraGard National is an FBI-affiliated nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening national security, community resilience and the foundation of American life. InfraGard is one of the FBI’s longest-running outreach programs and its largest public/private partnership, with over 70,000 members representing 77 InfraGard chapters nationwide.
All InfraGard chapters are geographically linked with one of the FBI’s 56 Field Offices, enabling law enforcement and the American business community to collaborate on localized educational programs, training events and information-sharing initiatives that help mitigate threats and promote safety and security. Exemplifying leadership, patriotism and purpose, InfraGard’s vision is to provide meaningful contributions towards preserving human life and making our nation a safer, more resilient place for all.
InfraGard National protects United States critical infrastructure and the American people by cultivating communications, collaboration and engagement between the public and private sectors; the alliance unites the knowledge base, work and resources of these stakeholders to mitigate threats to national security, improve resilience, and strengthen the foundation of American life.
InfraGard National has over 70,000 members across 77 local InfraGard chapters nationwide. They represent all 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by the Department of Homeland Security.
History of InfraGard
The InfraGard program traces its formation back to 1996 when the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office engaged experts from private industry to provide expertise for a cybersecurity investigation. The collaboration was so successful that the program quickly expanded to other Field Offices, leading the FBI to assign national program responsibility for InfraGard to FBI Headquarters in Washington DC and local program responsibility to the FBI’s 56 field offices. In 2003, InfraGard’s private sector members officially incorporated InfraGard National as nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that retains its affiliation and partnership with the FBI.