Major chip flaws affect billions of devices


Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday.



Houston Relief Fund

The Houston and Galveston Texas area is experiencing the worst natural disaster in America’s history, as they battle Hurricane Harvey. Thousands have lost everything, and millions will be recovering from this disaster not for weeks or months, but for years.

Protecting our critical infrastructure and supporting the FBI mission is the foundation of InfraGard and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Together, as one family, we can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the InfraGard Members Alliance family are teaming to bring some relief to our brothers and sisters in the affected area by setting up pathways for goods and monetary donations.

Our organizations are teaming with the City of Birmingham, Alabama to collect and deliver non-perishable goods like canned foods, canned dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and baby and adult diapers. Our goal is to fill two 53’ trucks starting today through Sunday, September 3 from 7am – 6pm. (shipments accepted from online retailers)

PayPal Option to Donate Now Available-See Link below

Donation Drop Off:
The Boutwell Auditorium
1930 Abraham Woods Boulevard,
Birmingham, Alabama, 35206

Bank Information:
Any Cadence Bank location or
FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association of Birmingham Alabama
PO Box 11815
Birmingham AL 35202
For electronic transfers please contact Andrew Smith

Designate all donations for Houston Relief Fund. Tax-deductible donations can be check, ACH, wire transfer, money order, or other electronic or paper donation. Cash is discouraged. Checks should be made out to the FBI Birmingham Citizens Alumni Association, in the memo line indicate “Houston Relief Fund.” The Salvation Army will receive 100% of the monetary donations.

Thank you,
Christine Karlson,
Members Alliance

Patrick Burch,
Members Alliance

Jonathan Kirby,
FBI Birmingham
Citizens Academy
Alumni Association

Andrew Smith,
National Director
FBI National
Citizens Academy
Alumni Association

March 14: Dr. Tony Skjellum

Please join the InfraGard Birmingham Members Alliance for its March 2017 meeting. You may buy your lunch in the Vulcan Materials cafeteria starting at 11:15am, and, at approximately 11:45am, we will hear from Dr. Tony Skjellum, Director of Auburn University’s Charles D. McCrary Institute for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Systems. The institute’s focus is on interdisciplinary research and advanced technologies to improve the security and operations of our nation’s infrastructure while valuing natural resources and conservation. Its areas of emphasis include the protection and security of the energy infrastructure systems and resources that are essential to our way of life.

When you arrive, please check in first with the guard at the main entrance who will direct you to the cafeteria.

February 14: Cyber Security at a Rock Company

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Topic: Cyber Security at a Rock Company

Speaker: Robin A. Nix is the Director of Information Services

Robin A. Nix is the Director of Information Services at Vulcan Materials Company.   He has been with the company for over 29 years in a variety of IT positions with 26 years in a management role.

Robin has provided leadership over the years to deliver mainstream solutions and to operate the IT function in a manner that is compliant, secure, cost effective and scaleable.    He led efforts to move from a highly decentralized IT organization at 7 divisions to a single IT organization resulting in reductions in operating costs while improving overall IT effectiveness and capacity to deliver solutions.

His teams have successfully implemented and operated technologies and processes that allow IT to respond quickly to business demands, support growth, and minimize costs.

Robin earned a B.S. In Finance at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1985.   After working 3 years at a local software company focused on Credit Union solutions, he joined Vulcan in Birmingham.

Lunch Details: Lunch provided by Vulcan Materials Company


Vulcan Materials Company Corporate Office
1200 Urban Center Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242

January 10: InfraGard Strategic Plans for 2017 and Beyond


Please attend to hear InfraGard national Members Alliance President Jeff Gaynor speak about

InfraGard Strategic Plans for 2017 and Beyond

  • goals for upcoming years
  • new initiatives
  • sector chief program
  • community outreach
  • information sharing between private sector and FBI

We will also be welcoming Huntsville InfraGard members to this meeting.


You must RSVP for this event because entrance to the FBI field office is controlled. For admittance, you will need to present identification at the guard house and pass through a metal detector. Do not attempt to enter the field office guard house with weapons (of course) nor with electronic devices. Cell phones and laptops must stay in your car.

There is an important RSVP deadline that you should note if you would like to order a lunch: Friday, January 6th at 4:30pm CST. There will be no refunds on the lunch tickets.

If you do not want to buy lunch, then you can RSVP as late as 4:30pm on Monday, January 9th, the day before the meeting by ordering a free ticket on EventBrite. You will not be able to bring a brown bag lunch into the field office.

RSVP: Please check your email – the RSVP link was emailed to current members.

Gary Warner’s Year in Review 2016

Gary Warner gave an excellent presentation at this month’s meeting. Many asked for a copy of his slides, so here they are.

Permission is explicitly granted for the information to be used in other official InfraGard meetings.  InfraGard members are also granted permission to PRESENT this material themselves within their employing organization, but it is requested that you do not distribute the slides by email or post them on any website.

PowerPoint Slides

PDF Document


December 13: Gary Warner’s Security Year in Review

Back by popular demand, our chapter co-founder will present a retrospective on this year of ransomware and other security topics.

Check out his blog here for a preview of his research and other interests:

***We will also have representatives from UAB at the meeting to accept a donation funding the new InfraGard Birmingham Gary Warner scholarship to assist undergraduates with an interest in computer forensics.

You can make a personal or corporate donation to the fund here:

RSVP Here:

Lunch Details:

Our lunch will be a holiday feast from Jim ‘n’ Nicks to include turkey and cornbread dressing, ham, green beans, sweet potato casserole, sweet & unsweet tea. Water will be available in the Depot kitchen adjacent to the meeting room. Please pay for and order your lunch here on EventBrite by the Friday, December 9 deadline at 4:30pm. Lunch ticket purchases are not refundable.


Location? Innovation Depot, 1500 First Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Parking? Free parking in Innovation Depot lot on 14th Street between First and Second Avenues North. Street parking also available.

Can I bring my own lunch? Yes, you may brown-bag it, but please RSVP to the meeting using EventBrite even if you’re not ordering lunch.