Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of InfraGard

All InfraGard participants are committed to the proposition that a robust exchange of information about threats to and actual attacks on these critical infrastructures is an important element for successful infrastructure protection efforts. This chapter is governed by our local bylaws located here.

The goal of InfraGard is to enable the flow of information so that the owners and operators of infrastructure assets can better protect themselves and so that the United States government can better discharge its law enforcement and national security responsibilities.

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Quarterly Meeting: November 16, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM (TBD)

Location for all events will be described in your official invitation sent to your registered email.

Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program

In association with the Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Program, the Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), ISACA, FBI-InfraGard, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Society for Information Management (SIM) are proud to announce Mr. Erik Decker as the 2017 Chicago-area Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year winner.

Erik Decker – Winner (L) and Wayne Johnson – Founder (R)

As the Chief Security and Privacy Officer at University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), Mr. Decker oversees a health system comprised of multiple organizations including the University of Chicago Medical Center, Ingalls Healthcare, and the University of Chicago Physician Practice Group which is operated within the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. UCM is a nearly $2 billion-dollar non-profit academic medical center with over 16,000 employees and affiliates with practices located on the Chicago south, southwest, and northwest Indiana corridors.

The winner was determined over a three-phased process that began with an extensive written submission by the nominees and then proceeded to an interview and scoring process by a panel of their peers. The Judges Panel then submitted two nominees to Mr. Anders Gustafsson, CEO Zebra Technologies and Mr. Thomas Richards, CEO CDW for final consideration. Mr. Decker was announced the winner during a breakfast ceremony at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on October 10, 2017.

In the current business climate, the importance of maintaining a strong cyber security and privacy program has become increasing clear. Where the odds of an organization experiencing a data breach is 1 in 41 and the average cost of a breach exceeds $3.6 million2, the importance of having strong security leadership has become a business imperative. The Chicago-area CISO of the Year Program recognizes the contributions of Security and Privacy leaders to their organizations, to their profession, and to the local community.

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