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Information Sharing with the Private Sector

The cornerstone of EPIC's mission is information sharing between the public and private sectors. We are currently fostering and providing platforms for collaboration in the following critical infrastructure sectors:

Healthcare IT

The Healthcare Information Technology is currently our largest industry with over 1,100+ industry professionals sharing information through the Cyber Health Working Group (CHWG). The Cyber Health Working Group maintains a web-based platform which provides tools for its members to share cyber threat information and resources. These professionals and our public sector partners came together in October for our annual Healthcare CyberGard in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference boasted classes such as "Understanding the Threat and How to Meet It" and "Swimming with the Phishes: Building a Cyber-Awareness Program That Connects With Your Teams" as well as networking events for industry professionals to share information for future collaboration. For over two years, the Cyber Health Working Group has been the model platform for cross-industry threat information sharing between public and private sectors and continues to grow.

Are you an Information Technology professional in the Healthcare industry? Consider applying to join the Cyber Health Working Group here.

More information will be provided at a later time for these following sectors/industries, as we are currently considering or establishing effective collaboration platforms:

  • Medical Devices
  • Financial
  • Transportation

 

News

EPIC to work with NCFTA on mangement of the Cyber Health Working Group (CHWG)

As some of you learned last month at our conference in Charlotte, NC, the Cyber Health Working Group was started in 2016 by the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO), the InfraGard National Members Alliance, and the Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration (EPIC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Charlotte, NC. As the group has evolved, so have the resources needed to ensure its continued success and growth. To that end, the FBI-WFO and InfraGard are transferring their leadership and daily operations of the Cyber Health Working Group to the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Through the NCFTA, the CHWG will be supported by numerous law enforcement agencies to include the FBI’s Cyber Initiative & Resource Fusion Unit (CIRFU), Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Secret Service, IRS, DEA, and many international law enforcement partners.

EPIC will continue its role as a primary partner. CIRFU is a component of the Cyber Division at FBIHQ and is co-located with the other agencies at NCFTA in Pittsburgh, PA, New York, and Los Angeles. NCFTA has become an international model for bringing together law enforcement, private industry, and academia to build and share resources, strategic information, and threat intelligence to identify and stop emerging cyber threats and mitigate existing ones. Because CIRFU and NCFTA are entities with a national, and international perspective and poised to provide analytical support and expertise, they were natural choices for continued progression of the CHWG.

So how does this impact you as a CHWG member? It shouldn’t! The transition should be seamless; but here are the behind-the-scenes happenings you can anticipate:

 

 

 

About

Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration (EPIC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit intelligence and collaboration organization that utilizes open-source intelligence to serve as an intermediary between private sector companies and public sector organizations. Through collaboration with the public sector and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, EPIC connects with companies, large and small, to collaborate and share information about threats to our national security. Our think-tank approach focuses on mitigating these threats through the use of innovative solutions. In addition to creating partnerships through collaboration and vital information sharing, EPIC fosters growth in the next generation of aspiring analysts by teaching the collection and analysis of open-source intelligence to university students at the EPIC facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Our work connects the public and private sectors together. Businesses of all sizes play a large role in sharing information to identify threats. Information also comes from the public to the private sector to utilize intelligence about existing threats to create more resilient systems and processes. This allows for EPIC to help make our nation resilient by helping our government through our collective intelligence gathering in order to give back to the companies and organizations that make our economy as strong as it is today. In addition to supporting our nation as a whole, EPIC gives back to our local community by training undergraduate university students in the collection and analysis of open-source intelligence. The invaluable experience that these interns gain can be used in both the public and private sectors in intelligence or analytical roles.

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What is EPIC?

"Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration (EPIC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit intelligence collaboration organization that utilizes open-source intelligence to serve as an intermediary between private sector companies and public sector organizations..."

Operating as a not-for-profit corporation allows EPIC to take private and public sector collaboration to a higher level. Everyone plays a part in making our country resilient to a new generation of advanced threats that target our homeland, our values, and our interests. EPIC fosters that growth through integrated collaboration.

"...Through collaboration with the public sector and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, EPIC connects with companies, large and small, to collaborate and share information about threats to our national security. Our think-tank approach focuses on mitigating these threats through the use of innovative solutions..."

Our work connects the public and private sectors together. Businesses of all sizes play a large role in sharing information to identify threats. Information also comes from the public to the private sector to utilize intelligence about existing threats to create more resilient systems and processes.

"...In addition to creating partnerships through collaboration and vital information sharing, EPIC fosters growth in the next generation of aspiring analysts by teaching the collection and analysis of open-source intelligence to university students at the EPIC facility in Charlotte, North Carolina."

As part of EPIC's not-for-profit mission, we teach students in undergraduate degree programs in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of open-source intelligence (OSINT) in order to bring interest and ultimately new analysts into intelligence positions in both sectors. In order to help analyst interns gain experience in the inner workings of the intelligence cycle, we provide business intelligence to companies who support the EPIC mission.

EPIC's Main Objectives

Teach, Train & Develop

University students technology & analysis skills.

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Research & gather available information for the purpose of analysis and prediction.

Build & Maintain

Collaboration platforms for the discussion and dissemination of related information and processes.

Analysis & Reporting

Analysts reports based on research of available information utilizing integrative complexity from the core of the question.

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