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News Archive From , 2016

ASAP Applauds White House Call for Action to Close Security Gap in Global Postal System

December 21, 2016 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) applauds the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) and numerous agencies, including the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security, for their joint strategic plan announcing that “the time for action is now” to close a dangerous loophole in the global postal system. READ MORE

Patriot One Engages Ridge Global as Strategic Advisor

TORONTO, CANADA–(December 19, 2016) –Patriot One Technologies Inc., (TSX.V: PAT) (OTCPINK: PTOTF) (FRA: OPL) (“Patriot One” or the “Company”), developer of a revolutionary concealed weapons detection system, is pleased to announce that the Company has engaged Ridge Global as a strategic advisor. The partnership will expand key relationship opportunities, and support deeper engagement and enhanced READ MORE

“Is the US Ready for a Biological Catastrophe?” – Gov. Tom Ridge on MSNBC Morning Joe

December 19, 2016 – As a follow up to his recent joint op-ed in Time Magazine with Senator Joseph Lieberman, Gov. Tom Ridge joined Morning Joe on MSNBC to discuss the ongoing threat from bioterrorism and what the United States needs to do to protect itself. Gov. Ridge, along with Sen. Lieberman, is a co-chair READ MORE

Time Magazine Op-Ed: “Tom Ridge and Joseph Lieberman: How Donald Trump Can Protect America from Bioterrorism”

“The United States needs better plans for stopping and responding to attacks. Leaders from more than 120 nations just concluded the Eighth Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference in Switzerland, which focused on the threat posed by biological terrorism. During the conference, the U.S. delegation urged countries to reduce that threat by implementing strategies for detecting READ MORE

“Directors Target of New Cybersecurity Training” – Bloomberg BNA

December 8, 2016 – “No company is immune from cybersecurity threats, not even a chocolate maker. Take it from the nation’s first Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who now sits on the board of Hershey Co. He says every company is a digital company, including the Pa.-based manufacturer of Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. READ MORE

Watch: “Cyber Terrorism: The Next Wave,” Gov. Ridge Speaks to The Empire Club of Canada

TORANTO, ON (November 15, 2016) – Gov. Tom Ridge spoke to the Empire Club of Canada to discuss the growing threat of cyber terrorism, and what companies must do to avoid it.  

CMU Joins Effort With Tom Ridge on Cybersecurity Risks – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute is teaming up with former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s consulting firm and a professional organization to help boards of directors manage their cybersecurity risk responsibilities. The three organizations will start offering a 20-hour online cyber-risk oversight course for directors Dec. 1. Directors can take the course — which includes READ MORE

Regional Cyber Groups Launch New Entity – CyberUSA

BALTIMORE, MD (October 20, 2016) – Seven different statewide cyber communities today announced the creation of CyberUSA, a new national platform for collaboration in economic development and innovation, and plans to expand the effort to include 30 states within the first year. The announcement was made at the CyberMaryland 2016 Conference. CyberUSA, will be chaired READ MORE

Blue Ribbon Study Panel Applauds Approval of Zika Funding; Calls For Shift In How U.S. Budgets For Infectious Disease Crises

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 29, 2016) – The co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense today applauded action by the United States Congress to reach a compromise on Zika funding, but also reasserted its desire to seek a total shift in how the U.S. budgets for infectious disease crises moving forward. “The compromise hammered READ MORE

Ridge Global Partners with Risk Cooperative Offering Global Risk, Readiness and Resilience Capability

Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2016) – The growing scourge of cyber-attacks on public and private sector organizations calls for new approaches to enterprise resilience. Ridge Global, a global leader in helping organizations to decrease security risks, today announced a strategic partnership with Risk Cooperative. The combined capabilities are uniquely able to support customers in the READ MORE

NACD, Ridge Global, and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University Announce Cyber-Risk Oversight Program for Corporate Directors

WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 14, 2016) – With the critical issue of cyber-risk oversight at the top of every board’s agenda, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Ridge Global, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University today announced the development of the first-ever NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program for corporate READ MORE

David Peterson and Tom Ridge partner to Offer ‘Intelligent’ Cyber Insurance in Canada

September 1, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario) – Canadian firms struggling to protect their assets and brands from the growing scourge of cyber attacks can now access bespoke cyber insurance solutions that can be tailored to meet the needs of small and large organizations. The Honourable David Peterson, Chairman of Cassels Brock & Blackwell, and, Governor Tom READ MORE

Watch: 15 Years After Flight 93, Gov. Ridge Reflects

September 9, 2016 – WTAE Pittsburgh’s Chronicle takes a look back on the events of September 11, 2001 and their lasting impact on the citizens of Western Pennsylvania. In this segment, Sally Wiggin sits down with Gov. Tom Ridge to discuss the tragic crash of Flight 93, 15 years later. “Everybody in the region decided READ MORE

“One Year Later, Promises of Iran Deal Unfulfilled,” Philly Inquirer Op-Ed by Gov. Tom Ridge

August 9, 2016 (Washington, DC) – “Last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accused the United States of failing to honor pledges in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Citing “the futility of negotiations with the Americans,” he distanced himself from the nuclear deal he once supported. Coming just weeks after the one-year anniversary READ MORE

“A Chance for Every Willing Worker,” US News Op-Ed by Gov. Tom Ridge

July 26, 2016 (Washington, DC) – “The Americans with Disabilities Act is 26-years-old. And today, federal contractors are showing early progress in hiring people with disabilities. It was about this time three years ago that U.S. federal contractors learned of new rules from the Labor Department concerning the employment of qualified workers with disabilities and READ MORE

Ridge Global’s Chris Furlow Speaks to Credit Union Executives in Belfast

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (20 July 2016) – Accountability for cybersecurity cannot simply be delegated to technical staff. That was a message from Ridge Global president Chris Furlow as he addressed delegates attending the 2016 World Council of Credit Unions conference this week in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hosted this year by the Irish League of Credit READ MORE

Statement From The Honorable Tom Ridge On Louis Appell

June 29, 2016 (Washington, DC) – The Honorable Tom Ridge today issued the following statement on the death of Louis Appell: “Pennsylvania lost an iconic civic leader, philanthropist and businessman with the death of Louis Appell. And Michele and I lost a good friend and trusted supporter who was always there for us and for READ MORE

“Protect against bioterror,” Gov. Ridge’s Latest Op-Ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 24, 2016 (Pittsburgh, PA) – In today’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Gov. Ridge and Tara O’Toole, Executive Vice President of In-Q-Tel, warn of how a failure to “harness the explosion of bioscientific knowledge” could lead to disaster. Gov. Ridge is the Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. “The Post-Gazette reported recently on READ MORE

U.S. Chamber, Ridge Global Announce Cyber Education Program for Small, Medium-Sized Businesses

June 14, 2016 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Ridge Global, announced today the creation of a new online cyber education effort aimed at preparing and defending American small businesses from cyberattacks. “Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly finding themselves the target of cyberattacks, putting them at the forefront of READ MORE

Governor Tom Ridge to Serve Fifth Term as U.S. Chamber National Security Task Force Chairman

June 7, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Honorable Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will serve his fifth term as chairman of the Chamber’s National Security Task Force. “I am pleased that the Chamber’s National Security Task READ MORE

Gov. Ridge Presents Allegheny College Prize for Civility to VP Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain

June 7, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. and Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and a 2012 Allegheny College honorary degree recipient, presented the 2016 Prize for Civility in Public Life to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain. Both award recipients spoke to READ MORE

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones Keynotes Burson-Marsteller Cyber Forum in London

Ridge Global Senior Advisor and Former UK Security Minister cautions business leaders against simply delegating cyber leadership & accountability. LONDON, UK (May 17, 2016) – Business leaders that fail to proactively prepare for cyber breaches face the prospect of significant “financial consequences,” said Baroness Pauline-Neville Jones at a forum hosted by leading PR and crisis READ MORE

John Fleming to Join Perrin Conferences’ Cybersecurity Webinar

April 12, 2016 – Ridge Global Insurance President, John Fleming, will present on a panel during a Perrin Conferences’ live video streamed webinar entitled “Cyber Armageddon: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Liability Trends.” The webinar is scheduled for Thursday April 28, 2016 from 2-3:30pm. Learn about trends in threat tactics and business vulnerabilities, and recent developments in READ MORE

Gov. Ridge to Award 2016 Allegheny College Civility Award

April 7, 2016 – Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr. and Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and a 2012 Allegheny College honorary degree recipient, will award the 2016 Prize to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain. The award will highlight two politicians from different political parties who READ MORE

Gov. Ridge joins Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM Radio

April 5, 2016 – Gov. Tom Ridge joined Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM Radio to discuss the current campaign for President. Gov. Ridge discussed the current status of the race, the increase in divisive rhetoric, and the need for a higher level of dialogue. Additionally Gov. Ridge and Michael Smerconish discussed in depth the path to READ MORE

Insurance Journal – “Ridge Global Tackling Cyber Risks”

March 23, 2016 – “It may be surprising to some that a former governor and head of National Security started an insurance company focused on cyber risk, but Tom Ridge, president and CEO of Ridge Global says it shouldn’t be. “While the world is focused on physical security, even at an early stage in the READ MORE

Statement of the Honorable Tom Ridge on Terror Attack in Belgium

WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2016) – Gov. Tom Ridge, the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security, today issued the following statement on today’s terror attacks in Belgium: “My thoughts are with the people of Belgium today, victims of yet another horrific attack targeting our democratic values. All Americans stand with our friends in Europe at READ MORE

Gov. Ridge and T. Boone Pickens Discuss Range of Topics in Interview

March 9, 2016 – T. Boone Pickens sat down with Gov. Tom Ridge in his latest podcast to discuss a variety of topics including the recent court cases involving the FBI and Apple, this year’s Presidential election, and the future of America’s energy industry. “Ridge and I touched on a number of topics. With his READ MORE

IRS Warns of Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2016) – The IRS recently issued a statement to payroll and human resource professionals warning about new phishing attacks aimed at obtaining employees’ social security numbers. The phishing e-mails, which ask for employee records and W-2 details, are doctored to appear as if they are from the company’s CEO. While this READ MORE

Gov. Tom Ridge Participates in DHS Panel, “Leadership in Times of Crisis.”

WASHINGTON, DC (February 22, 2016) – Moderated by Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, the panel explored strategies for handling crisis situations. The group of former and current governors discussed the challenges of handling crises ranging from terrorists attacks to natural disasters. Gov. Ridge, calling on his experience as Governor of Pennsylvania and Secretary of READ MORE

Internal Audit – Shifting the Cyber Security Focus

By Ken Urish, February 19, 2016 – According to the 2016 North American Pulse of Internal Audit report published by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Audit Executive Center, internal audit leadership lacks confidence in its staff’s cyber security capabilities. 52% of respondents felt that lack of cyber security expertise had a detrimental effect on READ MORE

Gov. Ridge Participates in Lloyd’s City Risk Index Forum

WASHINGTON, DC (February 17, 2016) – Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025 ( lloyds.com/cityriskindex ) presents the first ever analysis of the economic output at risk in 301 major cities from 18 man made and natural threats over a ten-year period. Based on original research by the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies at the University of Cambridge READ MORE

Gov. Tom Ridge Participates in International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism Seminar

WASHINGTON, DC (February 8, 2016) – Speaking as Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, Gov. Ridge addressed the Potomac Institute as part of this year’s seminar on combating terrorism. Along with Co-Chair Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, he addressed growing concerns around the spread of the Zika virus and the drastic need for READ MORE

Ridge Global’s Chairman, Tom Ridge, Keynotes Cyburgh Conference in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 1, 2016) – Speaking at Cyburgh, a joint initiative from the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at the Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Governor Tom Ridge emphasized Pittsburgh’s leading role in cybersecurity. “This is a city and a region that has gone READ MORE

Biodefense Panel Concerned as Zika, Avian Influenza Expand their Reach toward United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 28, 2016) – The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, Co-Chaired by Governor Tom Ridge and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, responded today with serious concerns over two emerging infectious diseases that now threaten the United States – Zika virus and avian influenza. Senator Lieberman, stated, “We are seeing a pattern of viruses READ MORE

WSJ: How to Improve Cybersecurity? Just Eliminate the Human Factor

Interesting take from the Journal. Training employees to make better decisions can certainly protect against cyber attacks. That’s why Ridge Global partners with NAVEX Global to provide best-in-class training to arm employees and managers with critical tools and resources to mitigate human factors. We are not defenseless to cyber attacks. Let’s get smarter together. “The computer systems READ MORE

60 Minutes: The Great Brain Robbery

This eye-opening report from 60 Minutes underscores how your company can be the victim of state-sponsored cyber attacks. Don’t be the next victim. Utilizing our partnership with Burson-Marsteller , Ridge Global can enhance board-level and senior management awareness of the critical need for a comprehensive cybersecurity plan. “If spying is the world’s second oldest profession, the READ MORE

Preparedness is Key in Managing Crises

By: Ken Urish January 15, 2016 – Not if, but when. That is the approach companies should take toward breach response planning in our current cyber security environment. Risk managers must prepare as though a breach or data security crisis will occur in their company. Looking at past breaches of companies big and small provides READ MORE

Ridge Global’s Chris Furlow leads NEMA Discussion of Cyber/Grid Concerns

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2016 – Webinar entitled “The Cascading Impact of a Cyber Attack on the Grid” focused on collaboration efforts and tools available to emergency management professionals Strengthening preparedness for potential cyberattacks on the electric grid was the focus of today’s National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) webinar led by Ridge Global President Chris READ MORE

NYT: No Business Too Small to Be Hacked

January 14, 2016 – This NY Times piece is a must read for small business owners. All of us are vulnerable to cyber hacks; not just the big boys. It’s why Ridge Global is developing customized insurance solutions for companies large and small. Because everyone deserves the ability to protect their intellectual property and other critical data. READ MORE