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Citizens Vice President John Lucas Honored for Cyber Security Efforts

INDIANAPOLIS – John Lucas, Vice President, Information Technology for Citizens Energy Group, will be honored this month as “National Sector Chief of the Year” for the Indiana InfraGard Members Alliance, a cooperative counterterrorism and cyber crime fighting program involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, local law enforcement, businesses and academic institutions. FBI Director James Comey will present the honor to Lucas on Sept. 21 at the annual InfraGard Congress in Washington, D.C.

InfraGard facilitates the exchange of information between the private sector and federal law enforcement on matters related to counterterrorism, cyber crime and other major crime programs. In return, law enforcement agencies provide members threat advisories, alerts, and warnings that can be accessed on a secure FBI database/web based system.  Additionally, both sectors are able to share a forum for education and training relevant to informed reporting of potential crimes and attacks on the nation and U.S. interests.

“John Lucas’ leadership has been important in maintaining collaborative efforts among Indiana’s energy and utility companies to protect critical infrastructure from cyber and other attacks,” said Jeff Harrison, President & CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “We are proud to have John as a member of our executive team,” Harrison said.

Lucas, who serves as the Energy Sector Chief for the Indiana Infragard Congress, has been leading an infrastructure and cyber security exercise involving the FBI, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana National Guard, the Indiana Energy Association and Indiana InfraGard members. The exercise has been integrated into the state’s cyber security strategy.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition from the FBI and InfraGard. This public, private partnership is providing invaluable security to our nation,” Lucas said.

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