WMU News

Infrastructure security experts meet at WMU

Nov. 2, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will play host next week to the state chapter meeting of a group working to increase the nation's level of readiness to withstand terrorist attacks against its critical infrastructures.

InfraGard, a grassroots initiative sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and meant to connect law enforcement and private industry leaders, is holding its Michigan Chapter Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 7, at WMU's Fetzer Center. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration and other information can be found on the Web site <www.michiganinfragard.com>. Attendance is limited to the first 200 registrants.

Viji Murali, WMU's chief information officer and vice president for information technology, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, along with Jay Berg, manager/systems officer network support at Fifth Third Bank in Grand Rapids. Murali and Berg both serve on the Michigan chapter's Steering Committee, and Murali heads the organization's Education and Awareness Committee.

Event speakers will be Steve Fleischman, manager of global disaster recovery and planning for CMS Energy, who will present "Viewing the Threat and Coordination on Pre-Incident Indicators and ERP"; and Larry Chase, global manager of disaster recovery and business contingency planning at Pharmacia, who will talk about the "cyber-side" of disaster recovery and planning in his talk, titled "DRP Recovery through Compliance."

InfraGard's goal is to improve communication between law enforcement and private industry for the purpose of increasing the nation's readiness to withstand attacks against its critical infrastructures. Commonly referred to as "the big eight" in information security circles, these critical infrastructures include: telecommunications, transportation, government, banking, oil and gas, water, banking, electric power and emergency services. InfraGard has more than 70 chapters around the nation and its 5,000 members include America's top information technology professionals, who hail from academia and companies like Ford, Amway, DaimlerChrysler, Pfizer and USF.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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