DCPSWG Charter - Public

DATA CENTER PHYSICAL SECURITY WORKING GROUP (DCPSWG) –STEERING COMMITTEE CHARTER

Version 1.0; Approved, October 2019

Background

The Data Center Physical Security Working Group (hereafter DCPSWG) is an initiative led by the National Capital Region chapter of InfraGard (hereafter InfraGardNCR) to support physical security and resilience for data centers and supporting utilities. Each participant must meet the following criteria:

  • Current InfraGard member or has an application pending with his/her local InfraGard chapter
  • At least partially responsible for the hardening of physical security to both the external and internal threats facing data centers through the use of mitigation strategies, infrastructure, as well as technology
  • Not in sales
  • In a position to access and potentially share physical security threat information and best practices

DCPSWG members use a listserver and portal to share information. As InfraGard is a public/private collaboration program, the DCPSWG expressly includes both private-sector members and public-sector members.

The DCPSWG steering committee is a group of DCPSWG private-sector participants who set the mission, scope, and membership parameters for DCPSWG members.

Mission
The mission of the DCPSWG is to develop, foster, and facilitate a private-public community of physical security-focused professionals at data centers and supporting utilities who share real-time information about threats and best practices.
Roles and Responsibilities

The steering committee is responsible for the following:

  • Identifying the mission, scope, and member parameters for the DCPSWG.
  • Adjusting the mission, scope, and member parameters for the DCPSWG as appropriate.
  • Deciding via consensus whether to admit a prospective member who may not perfectly match the defined member parameters.
  • Proposing ideas for webinar topics.
  • Identifying and recruiting potential DCPSWG members and potential steering committee members.
  • Looking for and sharing information of interest to the DCPSWG.
  • Meeting quarterly or as appropriate to discuss the status and strategy for leading the DCPSWG.
  • Establish and assign appropriate working groups or like entities to lead and develop DCPSWG initiatives. Such initiatives may include efforts such as outreach, analysis, education, programs, and other initiatives as determined appropriate to support the DCPSWG mission.

The Executive Partnership for Integrated Collaboration (hereafter EPIC), a nonprofit organization in Charlotte, NC, is responsible for the following:

  • Maintaining the DCPSWG portal at TBD
  • Maintaining the DCPSWG listserver functionality.
  • Assisting DCPSWG members with technical issues, to include resetting passwords.

The Private Sector Team at the FBI’s Washington field office (WFO) is responsible for the following:

  • Processing DCPSWG applications in accordance with member parameters set by the steering committee.
  • Referring to the steering committee any DCPSWG applicants whose suitability for the DCPSWG is unclear.
  • Periodically check the status of DCPSWG members with pending InfraGard applications, and if the InfraGard application is denied, removing that individual from the DCPSWG.

In accordance with the priorities set by the steering committee and DCPSWG members, arranging logistics for DCPSWG webinars.

Structure and Membership
Membership

Membership of the DCPSWG, as established by the steering committee, shall be open to any individual who meets all of the following criteria:

  • Current InfraGard member or has an application pending with his/her local InfraGard chapter
  • At least partially responsible for the hardening of physical security to both the external and internal threats facing data centers through the use of mitigation strategies, infrastructure, as well as technology
  • Not in sales
  • In a position to access and potentially share physical security threat information and best practices

The steering committee consists of six to twelve DCPSWG members who represent both data centers and supporting utilities. 

As the DCPSWG is an InfraGardNCR initiative, at least half of the Steering Committee members should also be a member of the InfraGardNCR chapter.

A list of steering committee members is maintained by the FBI WFO Private Sector Team. Steering committee members are also listed by name, job title, photo, and biography on the DCPSWG portal.

Governance

DCPSWG members agree to terms of use when registering for the group. Should any DCPSWG members violate the terms of use, they shall be immediately expelled from the group by InfraGardNCR coordinators, and that expulsion shall be described for the rest of the DCPSWG via a message to the group’s listserver.

Steering committee members volunteer for that role as needed. Upon the departure of any steering committee members, the remaining members may recommend and recruit specific individuals for inclusion on the steering committee.

Absent any recommendations for new steering committee members, the WFO Private Sector Team will first advertise the opening to DCPSWG members who are also InfraGardNCR members. If no InfraGardNCR member volunteers to serve as a steering committee member, then the opening shall be advertised to all DCPSWG members.

Steering committee decisions shall be made by simple consensus: at least 50% of the committee must concur with any given proposal.