The Cyber Health Working Group (CHWG) was started in 2015 by the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO), the InfraGard National Members Alliance, the InfraGardNCR chapter and the Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration (EPIC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Charlotte, NC.
The group has grown from ~200 members to over ~1200 members. It is a two-way, real-time information sharing platform for cyber practitioners in the healthcare and public health sectors. Members share best practices, emerging threats and trends and indicators of compromise.
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 transferred 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 NCFTA, the CHWG will be supported by numerous law enforcement agencies to include the FBI's Cyber Initiative & Resource Fusion Unit (CIRFU), DHS's Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, US 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 are poised to provide analytical support and expertise, they were natural choices for continued progression of the CHWG.
To learn more about the CHWG, including how to join, go to intelligence.healthcare