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JOIN the NCRIC as a Private Sector Partner

The NCRIC serves as a focal point in the Northern District of California for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) and private sector partners.  The NCRIC is uniquely situated to empower front-line law enforcement, public safety, fire service, emergency response, public health, critical infrastructure protection, and private sector security personnel to understand local implications of national intelligence, thus enabling local officials to better protect their communities. The NCRIC provides interdisciplinary expertise and situational awareness to inform decision-making at all levels of government. We conduct analysis and facilitate information sharing while assisting law enforcement and homeland security partners in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terrorism.

Private Sector Partner Membership

The standards for membership with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), Private Sector Partner Program are based on both a "right" and a "need" to know sensitive information connected to public safety (information that has been categorized as "For Official Use Only," or commonly referred to as FOUO).  It is vitally important that members of the private sector, tasked with safeguarding critical infrastructure and key resources, have access to information generated or obtained by the NCRIC that will assist them in more effectively accomplishing their day-to-day responsibilities.  It is equally important that those that do not have a similar responsibility, or moreover a legitimate need to access sensitive information do not obtain it.

As such, these standards are in place to facilitate the ability for NCRIC staff to share sensitive information and to ensure that the information is provided to only those who need it and should receive it.  Further, these standards are designed with the protection of civil liberties and civil rights in mind, as well as to safeguard active law enforcement investigations and public safety efforts.

Membership Qualifications

To qualify for membership with the NCRIC as a Private Sector Partner, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Critical Infrastructure Key Resource owner or employee operating in the NCRIC area of responsibility. (For a description of the NCRIC area of responsibility, please see the map located under the "Reporting" tab on the Home page www.ncric.org)
  • Must have management, supervisory or analytical responsibilities related to Personal or Physical Security, Technology Security, Emergency Management, or Business Continuity and/or Resiliency.
  • Must be able to successfully pass the membership background/vetting standards which are outlined below.

Membership Background/Vetting Requirements

Prior to being granted membership with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) all Private Sector Partner applicants shall undergo a background review.  During this process, a determination will be made as to applicant's need for membership, as well as the applicant's current standing with the organization that he or she represents.  The applicant must meet the above listed occupational standards and be in good standing with his or her employer or organization to qualify for membership.

In addition, during the application process, the applicant will be asked to disclose the existence of criminal history.  This includes any felony conviction, and any misdemeanor conviction, which has occurred within the last 7-years. A Felony and/or serious misdemeanor conviction, or failure to disclose a conviction, is grounds for automatic denial or termination of membership.  Misdemeanor convictions will be evaluated based on the circumstance of the criminal activity.

To qualify for membership as NCRIC Private Sector Partner you must be a citizen, or a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States of America.

The Application Process

During the application process, the applicant will be asked to submit an electronic "Nondisclosure Agreement" pertaining to the handling of sensitive or controlled information.  An overview of proper procedures for handling sensitive or controlled information is provided during this process.

The applicant's employer will be contacted during the background process.  Any discrepancies identified during the background investigation will be discussed with the applicant.  The applicant will be notified via email when his or her application has been processed and membership has been approved or denied.  The NCRIC reserves the right to determine suitability for participation in the Private Sector Partner Program.  A denied membership can be appealed in writing.  To file an appeal, please contact the NCRIC Private Sector Program Manager for instructions.

All membership applications are processed by the NCRIC Private Sector Outreach Program Manager.  Any questions regarding the application process can be sent to the Private Sector Outreach Program Manager, Craig Buehler at cbuehler@ncric.ca.gov

 
 



Critical Infrastructure Key Resources

The NCRIC's Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) capability is designed to assist public and private entities to identify, assess, prioritize, and protect critical infrastructure and key resources.  The CIP unit has the responsibility of inventorying Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CIKR) from throughout the region; cataloging the dependencies and interdependencies; assessing risks; prioritizing resources based on risk; reducing vulnerability and determining consequence of an attack on CIKR based on risk.

Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7

16-Critical Sectors:


The Benefits of Membership

The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) private sector program is provided as a free public service, designed to enhance communication and information sharing between law enforcement, public safety organizations and the private sector. The NCRIC private sector program, which is one of the most progressive of its type in the nation, offers many benefits designed to meet the needs of our membership to include:
  • Direct communication with a law enforcement intelligence center and the National Fusion Center Enterprise
  • Regularly published situational awareness updates
  • Access to sensitive "For Official Use Only" (FOUO) information which has been developed and provided to reduce risk and vulnerability to Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Support from the NCRIC CIKR Unit
  • Participation in classified DHS briefing (Must possess a valid security clearance to participate)
  • Event specific situational awareness briefings
  • Participation in the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative
  • Access to suspicious activity reported in the NCRIC area of responsibility
  • Direct communication with the NCRIC Private Sector Program Manager
  • Participation in Information sharing meeting
  • Low or no cost training opportunities
  • Infrastructure Liaison Officer Program
  • Access to the NCRIC members only secure website and associated resources
  • Membership in the National Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and the NCRIC HSIN Portal
  • Networking opportunities with other members of the private sector community

 

 


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