The Private Sector: A Vital Contributor to Security in a Post 9/11 World

January 21, 2009

Fortune Magazine recently asked Ridge Global CEO Tom Ridge, the nation’s first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to address the growing importance of public-private sector partnerships in keeping terrorists at bay. 

        Part of a special advertising section titled “Avoiding Code Red,” the article seeks to underscore the vital role of the private sector in securing America. The following is a brief excerpt:

        At the end of the day, the relationship between DHS and the private sector is key,” says Ridge. “We have to build cooperative and amicable relationships with the private sector.”

        This means convincing corporate leaders not to view security measures as only an expense but rather as an investment in their future. “There has to be a mindset in the C-suite and on the board of directors” similar to the embrace of quality manufacturing in the 1980s, says Ridge. “As you build your enterprise in a global and interdependent world, you have to build security and resiliency into the system.”

        The entire piece is co-sponsored by the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council and can be found in the January issue of Fortune.

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