9/17/2019 to 10/24/2019
  • 15th Annual InfraGard Sacramento Members’ Alliance Security Symposium & Vendor Expo - 10/23/2019   Save the date for this informative day of presentations & briefings discussing cybersecurity & the US Critical Infrastructure, along with a current Threat Update.    Events
  • 10/11/2019 to 11/1/2019
  • Protective Measures Course - 10/30/2019   a basic understanding of how to identify risks and vulnerabilities to a facility, determine additional security needs for a special event/public gathering, and identify and apply physical and procedural protective measures to mitigate the threat of an improvised explosive device (IED) or vehicle-borne IED.   Events
  • 10/25/2019 to 11/16/2019
  • OES Nonprofit Security Grant Workshop - 11/15/2019   Cal OES will be conducting workshops to explain the CSNSGP requirements, and assist nonprofit organizations with the application process. See Events page for information and application.   Events
  • 10/22/2019 to 1/14/2020
  • TLO ADVANCED Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing the Active Shooter - 1/13/2020 (Turlock)   Will teach an evidence and research-based behavioral threat assessment methodology to equip law enforcement and security stakeholders with the skills and tools necessary to identify potentially violent individuals, assess the risks they pose.   Events
  • 10/22/2019 to 1/15/2020
  • TLO ADVANCED Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing the Active Shooter - 1/14/2020 (Fowler)   Will teach an evidence and research-based behavioral threat assessment methodology to equip law enforcement and security stakeholders with the skills and tools necessary to identify potentially violent individuals, assess the risks they pose.   Events
  • 10/22/2019 to 1/29/2020
  • Human Trafficking Awareness - 1/28/2020 (Chico)   This entry level overview to human trafficking, in all of its forms, will aid in establishing awareness throughout the private sector. See the Events page for details.    Events
  • 6/17/2019 to 7/18/2019
  • 3rd Quarterly Meeting - July 17th   Plan to attend this quarterly training day. It will be an information packed morning of presentations discussing Food & Agriculture and Water Sectors. Registration is now open.    Events
  • 2nd Quarter Newsletter The latest quarterly newsletter has been issued. Be sure to check out the news, events and helpful tips found in this issue.    Newsletter

InfraGard Sacramento Members Alliance

President’s Message - July 2018

Brian Banning, President/CEO

The reasons for cyber security have never been stronger. Luckily, there is a lot of attention being paid to that. I want to remind us about our other concerns.

As of this writing there are 455 open cases directly linked to Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) That are being worked by the combined 4 FBI led Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) in California. These cases virtually all are inspired by Salafi Jihadist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. That’s a ten-fold increase from when I supported the Eastern District’s JTTF as the Deputy Commander of what is now known as the Central California Intelligence Center.

From my more recent position in the State Threat Assessment Center, I have watched the Social Media messaging from those international groups increase by the same amount, and I conclude the two are linked. The Islamic State (IS) ‘caliphate’ has imploded over the past few years and they now control 4% of their prior territory. The Caliphate may be defunct but the idea behind, the movement, is not. It’s goal is powerful domination and it’s rhetoric and history directs it’s adherents to violence.

As IS suffered loss after loss on the battlefield, they’ve increased their messaging, both in volume and focus. Communications that once urged support of Jihad in any way now more specifically say to attack Western interests with bombs, guns, and vehicles.

The emphasis has also shifted from attacking infrastructure to attacking vast numbers of people. Following jihadi attacks, such as the one in Orlando, al Qaeda now publishes an Inspire Guide which is a short evaluation of how the attacker performed and suggestions on how someone could do the same operation, only better, in an effort to train “copy cat” attackers.

I have to praise the JTTF’s in this country. Because of the number of plots they are disrupting, actual attacks remain relatively low.

As InfraGard members, we need more than threat awareness, though. We need to have an understanding of the mental and emotional drivers of the behavior to know how to detect the motivation to attack.

First, realize that people committing terrorism acts in the US are not high capability folks. The myth of the super terrorist is well explored by Dr. Gary LaFree in the University of Maryland’s free online course, “Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat.” I would urge anyone who wants a better understanding of this issue to take that course.

Remember that in their mind, it’s David and Goliath and we (the US) are Goliath. Goliath can’t use his all of abilities due to political correctness but David breaks all of the rules.

I’ve studied these folks academically for a long time and spoken with dozens face to face. They believe the following:

  • There is a great injustice in the world;
  • They have insider knowledge that the masses are unaware of;
  • Action must be taken to right the wrong;
  • Non violent means are ineffective, and;
  • They are the chosen one who must act.

According to analysis by the National Counterterrorism Center things that may indicate a need to see something, say something are:

  • Pursuing capabilities to attack;
  • Attempting to recruit others;
  • Seeking sympathy or approval for an attack;
  • Personality changes, especially becoming confrontational about religion;
  • Consumption of violent extremist literature;
  • Desire to travel to conflict zones;
  • Expressing support for Jihad;
  • Acquiring precursor or explosive materials, and;
  • Online postings expressing support for Jihad.

As InfraGard members, we are in the front line of the Countries interior defense, so see something, say something!

Brian Banning
InfraGard Sacramento Members Alliance
A FBI-affiliated 501(c)3 Organization

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