Wondering what your company might be able to do at the local level to help fight cybercrime? There are a growing number of public-private collaborations that are trying to get ahead of the bad guys.

One is the Advanced Cyber Security Center.  The ACSC is a collaborative, cross-sector research facility working to address critical and sophisticated cyber security challenges. Based at the MITRE Corporation campus in Bedford, Massachusetts, the Center takes advantage of  university, industrial and research resources to develop next-generation solutions and strategies for protecting the nation's public and private IT infrastructure.

Another collaborative group is InfraGuard, a Federal Bureau of Investigation program that began in its Cleveland Field Office in 1996. It was a local effort to gain support from the information technology industry and academia for the FBI’s investigative efforts in the cyber arena.  InfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort composed of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. InfraGard Chapters are geographically linked with FBI Field Office territories and each chapter has an FBI Special Agent Coordinator assigned to it..