DHS PSA Mike McMasters on DHS Resources Available to You & Business Email Compromise by FBI SA David Condo

Location: Berry Room, Nutter Center

Date/Time: January 17, 2018 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We are pleased to have our new (replacing Jim Emery) Southern Ohio Protective Security Advisor, Mike McMasters to present. Our Cincinnati-based DHS Protective Security Advisor (PSA), Michael will present the membership with an overview of his roles & responsibilities and highlight Homeland Security products, resources, and services that may be of value to you and your organizations.

Protective Security Advisors: Homeland Security starts with Hometown Security. There are approximately 100 PSA~s field-deployed across the United States. Their focus is on securing the Nation at the community-level. PSA~s serve as the link between State and local governments, private sector organizations, and DHS. They perform vulnerability and security assessments on a variety of Critical Infrastructure, as well as coordinating training opportunities, information sharing, special events planning, and critical incident management support. Simply put, PSA~s are your locally-based (and free-of-charge) security partners/consultants. Please reach out and use them.

DHS Resources Available to You: Did you know that you are eligible to receive a variety of DHS products, resources, and services? PSA McMasters will discuss a number of resources that are available to your organization. PSA~s are your ~primary point of contact~ for requesting assistance and support from the Department of Homeland Security. DHS offers in-depth Physical Security assessments of your facilities, with an emphasis on enhancing your protection and resilience measures. We will also receive information on available Cyber Security resources, provided free-of-charge by DHS. Lastly, other DHS preparedness programs will be highlighted ~ including training opportunities, Active Shooter Preparedness, and the ~If You See Something, Say Something~ campaign.

Michael McMasters is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security~s is assigned to Cincinnati, Ohio, covering – roughly – the lower half of Ohio. PSA Patrick Shaw, as you may remember, is his conterpart responsible for the upper half of our great state. With 15 years of government experience in homeland security, counterterrorism, national intelligence, and federal law enforcement ~ Mike serves as a security and resiliency subject matter expert, and is the link between State and local governments, private sector organizations, and DHS. PSA~s perform vulnerability and security assessments on a variety of Critical Infrastructure, as well as coordinating training opportunities, information sharing, special events planning, and critical incident management support. Michael was formerly the Area Commander-in-charge of the Cincinnati and Columbus (Ohio) Field Offices, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service. He commanded over 140 personnel, including Federal law enforcement agents and a security contractor staff across Ohio. Michael is a subject matter expert in physical security, vulnerability assessment, threat mitigation, and protective security. He has received numerous awards and recognition for leadership, valor, academic success, public service, and exemplifying the highest standards and core values of a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

Prior to joining the Federal Protective Service, McMasters served as a Program Manager (State & Local Programs) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ~ Headquarters, Office of Intelligence & Analysis. Michael was selected by the Chief of Staff to serve as the office~s senior advisor to the Government of Canada regarding intelligence and information sharing best practices. During his service as Program Manager (National Preparedness) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, McMasters created and collaboratively implemented the nationally-recognized Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series (JCTAWS) Program, a special initiative co-sponsored by the National Counterterrorism Center, DHS, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Among many other responsibities along the way, PSA McMasters as also worked as the Emergency Management Director for Lexington County (South Carolina) Department of Public Safety, the Lexington County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) organization, Regional Emergency Manager, and SC State Hazardous Materials Coordinator. Michael earned a Bachelor~s Degree in Emergency Management from Ohio University, and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center~s Law Enforcement Leadership Program. He is fully certified in advanced levels of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS). Currently, McMasters is an active member of both the Federal Executive Board of Greater Cincinnati, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force – Executive Board.

We trust that members and guests have had access to great speakers/topics throughout these many years. For many, earning CPEs through attendance to our meetings is an extra perk. All of this has historically been offered at no cost to our members and guests. However, as our chapter continues to move forward, we have operational costs that need to be paid for to continue our chapter. If you find value in your Dayton Infragard chapter and the information offered, we would ask that you consider a donation ($5 -$10-$20) to help keep us going. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so any donations you make are tax deductible. Certification to come in a follow up email. If you are forwarding this note (please do) please have the recipient email me so we may add them to our listserv.

FBI Special Agent David Condo will discuss Business Email Compromise (BEC), an increasingly significant threat to U.S. businesses and individuals, relies on the oldest trick in the con artist’s handbook: deception. However, the current level of sophistication in this multifaceted global fraud is unprecedented, and professionals in all industries are falling victim to the scheme. Carried out by transnational criminal organizations that employ lawyers, linguists, hackers, and social engineers, BEC scammers target employees with access to company finances and trick them into making wire transfers to bank accounts thought to belong to trusted partners. Their techniques include spear-phishing, social engineering, identity theft, e-mail spoofing, and the use of malware. The perpetrators are so practiced at their craft that BEC fraud has claimed victims from 131 countries and caused a global monetary exposure of over $5 billion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be sharing their expertise on BEC scams, why all companies should be concerned, how you can protect yourself against becoming the next victim, and what to do if you are compromised.

Special Agent David Condo joined the FBI in 1999. As the FBI’s Private Sector Coordinator for central and southern Ohio, he is the coordinator for three local chapters of the FBI’s InfraGard program and connects private industry with whom they need to contact in the FBI – whatever the concern. Among other liaison activities, the FBI works to understand the private sector’s risks and needs, increase collaboration and information sharing between the Bureau and the private sector, and mitigate threats through longstanding, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Parking is free. If you come off I-675 and Fairfield, stay on the upper parking lot to the right. The entrance to the far right of the Nutter Center. You are on the same level as the Berry Room. And a big THANK YOU to WSU CaTS for sponsoring us.

It is not mandatory to RSVP (to infragard_info [AT] wright [DOT] edu), but it helps with the count. These meeting are open to the public and suitable for any organization.

Dayton Chapter meetings are normally held every other month on the 3rd week of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for Tues March 20, 2018. We are confirming future dates.

Hope to see you there! Please call 937-371-9940 or e-mail if you have any questions.

Infragard Dayton Member Alliance
Board Members:
Allen Sheffield, Chair
John Maynor,
Marie Earnest,
Ron Wagers,
Dr. Terry Oroszi
FBI Coordinator SA David Condo