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The name “e-Ponte” means “Electronic Bridge”. It incorporates the Italian word for “bridge” and classical images to communicate a strong and vital path for migration from previously under-connected byways of the Internet to robust, safe and appropriately policed interconnection and interoperation.
e-Ponte reflects the original vision of U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings (SC) of a nationwide 501(c)(3) NGO to assist and enable local law enforcement and the Emergency Services Sector to migrate to new realities introduced by the Internet. That vision, executed by Dr. Lee Colwell, former Associate Director of the FBI and legendary figure known around the globe for national security and law enforcement policy and operations, specially focuses on meeting the operational needs of small and non-urban agencies within that Sector.
e-Ponte builds electronic bridges between independent local agencies using the Internet as a utility to advance public safety as contemplated by the Nation’s founders: decentralized and autonomous local agencies and, especially, locally accountable policing.
e-Ponte also builds electronic bridges between the Nation’s mostly local public safety agencies and the Nation’s mostly Federal national security establishment, addressing new Internet realities including the Cloud, the Internet of Things, the Dark Web, the Global Cybercrime Industry, Artificial Intelligence, and the Nation State Cyberthreat.
The Nationwide Interoperable CERRA Program (“Nationwide CERRA Program”) is a self-sustaining initiative launched by a partnership formed in 2009 between the National Sheriffs’ Association, FBI InfraGard and e-Ponte Foundation. The Nationwide CERRA Program works with local and regional jurisdictions nationwide to implement self-sustaining local or regional disaster response and recovery access programs to assure nationwide access to emergency zones by first responders and emergency response and recovery personnel.
The National Cybercrime Investigators Program(NCIP) is an initiative launched and supported by the National Sheriffs’ Association in collaboration with e-Ponte Foundation and a broad set of law enforcement investigators and prosecutors, cyber SMEs, technology firms and entrepreneurs to create a self-sustaining path forward for Sheriffs’ Offices, Municipal Police Departments and their State law enforcement, Federal and critical infrastructure partners to collaborate on the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes.
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Former FBI Assistant Director, Los Angeles Division; Former Global Security Manager, Major Petroleum Company; Independent Cybersecurity Consultant
Former FBI Special Agent; Former FBI/State Dept. Legal Attache, Ottawa, Canberra & Paris; Independent Intel/Security/Technology Consultant
Retired Sheriff, Allegany County, MD; Past President, National Sheriffs' Association; Chair, NCIP; Chair, NSA CJIS & Emerging Technology Committee; Independent Law Enforcement/Security/Technology Consultant
Former Mayor of Tullahoma, TN; More than 35 years in Management of Major Aerospace Companies; A Leader of America’s Public Power Companies; Community & Business Leader in the Tennessee Valley
Highly experienced Telecom, Internet & Government Relations Professional;
Former Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Growth & Investments; Former International Relations Consultant, Clinton Foundation
Wisner Professor of Public Health, Tulane University; Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, American University of Nigeria; Director & Founder, Tulane University Payson Center for International Development
Wall Street-Recognized Board Member and General Counsel; Emergency Services Sector Subject Matter Expert; Winner, 2010 FBI InfraGard National Lincoln Award for Outstanding Achievement
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