September 14, 2023
08:00 - 10:00
In Meeting

Presented by the InfraGard Pittsburgh Members Alliance

InfraGard Pittsburgh September 2023 Chapter Meeting

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Thursday, September 14  · 8:00 – 10:00am EDT


Point Park University – Lawrence Hall Ballroom
201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Please join us for InfraGard’s September chapter meeting for an introduction to the new FBI InfraGard liaison, Special Agent (SA) Michael Punzo.

SA Michael J. Punzo entered on duty with the FBI in March 2005. Upon completing New Agent Training, SA Punzo was assigned to the New York Office where he worked Counterintelligence, Organized Crime and Violent Crime matters. From September 2013 to December 2016, SA Punzo was assigned to the FBI/NYPD Joint Bank Robbery and Violent Crimes Task force. In January 2017, SA Punzo transferred to the Pittsburgh Division, Mon Valley Resident Agency, where he worked all Criminal and Counterterrorism matters. In February 2022, SA Punzo was transferred to Pittsburgh, Headquarters City, where he worked Counterintelligence matters. In July 2023, SA Punzo assumed the role of Private Sector Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Division. SA Punzo has been a crisis negotiator for more than 14 years and a Behavioral Analysis Unit Field Coordinator for more than 10 years. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Punzo was a police officer in New Haven, CT and a Deputy United States Marshal in the Central District of California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.

Our meeting will also cover the latest work being done by the Infragard sector chiefs, and a keynote presenter, Eric Strassman (NetScout) covering the latest trends in DDoS activity.

Keynote Description: Backed by visibility into more than 50% of the world’s Internet traffic, NETSCOUT Arbor’s latest Threat Intelligence Report provides critical insight into the current attack trends and the efficacy of mitigation against different attack scenarios. The days of successful defense against DDoS attacks by solely blocking Volumetric attack vectors are long gone and not likely to return. There is a great deal of valuable information to share about these seismic shifts in attack types, targets, motivations, and methods of defense

Light refreshments will be available beginning at 8:00am.

Events are presented free of charge to InfraGard members. One non-member guest is welcome, but make sure to register that individual as space is limited.

IPMA is a non-profit organization supported by its members. Individual donations to support events may be made via Paypal. If your organization is interested in sponsoring IPMA or future events, please speak to a board member at our upcoming meeting to understand the sponsorship benefits.

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