Chris Furlow

Chris Furlow is President of Ridge Global and Chief Risk Officer for Risk Cooperative. He develops custom risk management strategies and helps clients focus on the enterprise perspective, tying together people, processes and technologies that are often stove-piped in organizations.  He has particular expertise in cyber security and public-private partnerships for security and resilience. After the 9-11 attacks, Mr. Furlow was named Director for State Affairs in the White House Office of Homeland Security where he developed the network of state homeland security advisors; supported new state and local intelligence/information sharing protocols, and; served as policy liaison to governors on behalf of the Executive Office of the President. He was also a member of the Incident Support Group providing intergovernmental coordination on events of “national significance.” During the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security, he was appointed Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and led operations of its multi-disciplinary public and private sector committees. A former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Furlow is a graduate of Louisiana State University, an Adjunct Professor of the Carnegie Mellon University Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Program, and a former Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute of The George Washington University. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force and its Cyber Leadership Council, the National Emergency Management Association private sector committee, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London).