BECOME A NCRIC PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNER

The NCRIC serves as a focal point in the Northern District of California—comprised of 13 counties from Monterey to Del Norte at the northern border—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 frontline law enforcement, public safety, fire service, emergency response, public health, critical infrastructure assets, and private sector security personnel to understand local implications of national intelligence, enabling us to better protect our 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.

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The standards for membership with the NCRIC Private Sector Partner Program are based on both a "right" and a "need" to know sensitive information connected to public safety (information categorized as "For Official Use Only," or 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.

Standards are in place to facilitate the ability of the NCRIC to share sensitive information, while ensuring it is provided to only those who have a need to know . Importantly, these standards are designed to protect civil liberties and civil rights, as well as to safeguard active law enforcement investigations and public safety efforts.

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

  • 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.
  • Have management, supervisory, or analytical responsibilities related to personal or physical security, technology security, emergency management, or business continuity and/or resiliency.
  • Be able to successfully pass the membership background/vetting standards outlined below.
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Prior to being granted membership with the NCRIC, all Private Sector Partner applicants shall undergo a background review. During this process, a determination will be made as to the applicant's need for membership, as well as the applicant's current standing with the organization or employer 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.

During the application process, the applicant will be asked to disclose any criminal history. This includes any felony or misdemeanor conviction that 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 a NCRIC Private Sector Partner, you must be a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States of America.

During the application process, the applicant will be asked to submit an electronic Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) and review the proper procedures pertaining to the handling of sensitive or controlled information.

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.

All membership applications are processed by the NCRIC Private Sector Outreach Program Manager. 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 or for any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Director of Private Sector Engagement, Kim Pratt at kpratt@ncric.ca.gov.

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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 and Key Resources (CIKR) throughout the region, cataloging dependencies and interdependencies, assessing risks, prioritizing resources based on risk, and reducing vulnerability while determining the consequences of potential attacks on CIKR.

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

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7

16-Critical Sectors:

  • Chemical
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Communications
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Government Facilities
  • Healthcare and Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Systems

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, one of the most progressive of its type in the nation, offers benefits designed to meet the needs of our membership to include:

  • Direct communication with the NCRIC
  • Regularly published situational awareness updates, including event-specific
  • Access to sensitive "For Official Use Only" (FOUO) information 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 briefings (Must possess a valid security clearance to participate)
  • Participation in the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative, including access to suspicious activity reported in the NCRIC area of responsibility
  • Direct communication with the NCRIC Private Sector Program Manager
  • Participation in information sharing meetings
  • Low or no-cost training opportunities, including the 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 CIKR private sector community