FEMA Region 8 works closely with all parts of the community. Here you can learn about the latest initiatives involving private sector partners as well as any new policies which may impact the private sector.
Private sector organizations, including businesses, academia, industry, trade associations, and other nongovernmental organizations, are a critical component in efforts to enhance the nation’s resilience to natural and man-made disasters. FEMA views the private sector as equal – and equally responsible – partners in every phase of emergency management. Not only is the private sector often the primary provider of critical services to the public, it also possesses the knowledge and resources to supplement preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.
There are a variety of ways to partner with FEMA and to plug into emergency management efforts at all levels, depending on your organization’s interest and capabilities. Please contact Katie Appenrodt, Region VIII’s private sector liaison at Kathleen.Appenrodt@fema.dhs.gov or at 303-235-4775 for more information.
Partnerships in Action
Wyoming hosts first public-private sector cyber security summit
Private industry partners, federal, state and local government officials and information technology professionals attended the Wyoming Cowboy Cyber Summit in Casper, Wyo., on Feb. 18 and 19, 2015.
More than 80 people participated in the first-ever summit to address cybersecurity issues and begin the process of developing a resilient public/private partnership in Wyoming.
The culmination of the summit was a tabletop exercise. Officials from the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center were on-hand to participate in the response and recovery of the simulated event. The simulated scenario was a cyber-attack on the hospital, which caused network latency, data degradation and loss, malware, and building management systems malfunctions. Each step in the scenario was discussed in the three-hour exercise.
Other participants for the exercise were the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Laramie County Emergency Management, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and the Wyoming Department of Health.
Patrick Gray, from the Center for Internet Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) in Albany, New York, addressed the group and described the MSISAC’s role in threat mitigation, prevention, protection, response and recovery for state, local, territorial and tribal governments.
Derek Meyer, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) contributed valuable information to the group. Meyer provided information on incident response and tactical mitigation information to protect against emerging threats.
A cybersecurity working group consisting of private industry, local municipalities and IT professionals is being developed as a result of this summit.