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 Furlow.  Webinar participants included several hundred federal, state and local emergency management professionals from around the nation as well as law enforcement and private sector officials involved in critical infrastructure risk management and resilience.

Experts joining Furlow on the webinar included David Halla of the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), Richard Ward of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and Alisha Powell of the National Governors Association (NGA).

Panelists discussed the potential implications of a cyber attack on the grid; How government and industry leaders are working to protect the grid, enhance cyber scenario response and strengthen resilience, and; What tools and resources are available to emergency management professionals to improve cross-discipline, intergovernmental and public-private collaboration.

NEMA is the professional association representing the directors of emergency management of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories.

Ridge Global is the risk management consultancy founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, to help organizations decrease security risks. He has assembled a team of globally recognized experts who offer strategic counsel on identifying, preparing for and mitigating cyber risk.


To learn more about the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA): https://www.nemaweb.org/

To learn more about Chris Furlow read his bio here.