Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to offer “Intelligent” Cyber Insurance

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LONDON (October 6, 2014) – Companies struggling to protect their assets and brands from the growing scourge of cyber attacks can now access a new product designed specifically for their needs, created by a trusted former national security leader and the world’s premier insurance brand. The Honorable Tom Ridge, in London today meeting with leading cyber Lloyd’s Syndicates, today announced the launch of Ridge Insurance Solutions Company, offering bestin- class informed assessment and cyber insurance. The packaged, customized assessment capabilities and insurance enable C-suite executives to mitigate cyber risk, thereby closing a dangerous cyber insurance gap that often leaves companies – particularly small- and mid-cap firms – vulnerable to the consequences of proliferating attacks.


Boards of directors for financial services, retail, healthcare and energy companies, among others, now will have access to unique cyber insurance that leverages real intelligence that is sector and company specific, rejecting the ’cookie-cutter’, process-oriented approach inherent in most cyber insurance offerings today. Policies of up to $50 million (USD) each are available beginning immediately.


“Insurance need not be just a ’policy’ written by an agent, but a true focal point for assessing, identifying and correcting the impact of cyber risk on your business”, said Gov. Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania and Chairman of Ridge Insurance Solutions Company. “This is not just about insurance but helping and incentivizing companies to manage their cyber operations more effectively”.


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Tom Ridge Discusses President Obama’s Handling of ISIS Thus Far, Moving Forward

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Entire article can be read here: Tom Ridge likes Obama’s handling of Islamic State threat so far


Ahead of President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation on his plans for combating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, former Gov. Tom Ridge praised the president’s steps so far in handling the foreign crisis.


“I think the president has gone about it the right way,” Ridge said.


When Obama speaks to the country later tonight, Ridge said, he expects him to say ISIS is a short-term and potential long-term threat to the United States, western Europe and the Middle East. “I look forward to him making a strong case for America’s re-engagement,” Ridge said.


Based on that multi-national threat, Ridge said, he also expects Obama to lay out a plan to build a coalition of forces of European and Middle Eastern countries that are willing and able to join in the fight, which must be taken inside Syria, he said. Ridge predicted the president will tell citizens that the military will use its strong air power to strike at ISIS and supply Iraqi and Kurdish forces.


“I don’t think we need to put boots on the ground,” Ridge said.


But, Ridge warned, citizens should not be naive enough not to understand that ground troops, at least in the form of special forces, could one day be needed to combat ISIS.


“We should not deny that possibility,” Ridge said.

Tom Ridge: 2016 presidential hopefuls need a vision for world leadership

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Although mid-term elections draw near, presidential hopefuls already have begun to make those critical pilgrimages to the Granite State. Those who aspire to move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016 must share with us their view on America’s place in the world. They must convince us that their vision is best suited to grow our economy and enhance our national security.


Clearly, within the contemporary political environment, there is support for a fortress America with both economic and political isolationists withdrawing to focus on America first. I believe those views are flawed. Markets are global. Threats are global. To meet the opportunities and answer the challenges, we must be more engaged, not less. We cannot be an observer. We must be an active player using the various tools of influence that can affect outcomes in our best interests.


Passivity and inaction are rarely effective strategies. Although we are rightfully war weary today, we should never preclude the use of our military in the future when the circumstances require us to do so. If it is truly the final option, and it should be, we should not hesitate to use the tools of “soft power,” diplomacy and developmental assistance.


Our national security demands we use the tools to either prevent new conflicts or preserve military gains. Look no further than the counsel of General James Mattis, U.S. Central Command, who told Congress, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.” The pervasive threat of terrorism lurks throughout the world. One of the most effective ways to preempt or at least mitigate the threat is through the targeted use of the U.S. international affair programs.


Spin the globe and you’ll discover countries and regions confronting horrific human conditions — hunger, disease, violence, natural disasters. Many of these become fertile regions for recruitment and the spread of anti-American, anti-Western favor. It’s in our best interests to address these humanitarian needs now with the possibility of avoiding military involvement in the future.


And, let’s not forget, America’s economic fate is tied directly to actions and markets around the world. While it is understandable that we focus on economic uncertainty here at home, we should never allow ourselves to think for a moment that our prosperity and our jobs aren’t connected to the economic pulse of a global market.

America cannot afford to ignore domestic growth opportunities connected with emerging overseas markets, particularly developing countries, which consume over half of our exports. Ninety-five percent of our potential consumers for “Buy America” live elsewhere.


New Hampshire exported more than $3.5 billion in goods and services to our foreign markets in 2012. More than one in five jobs is tied to trade. Twenty-five percent of all manufacturing workers in New Hampshire depend on exports for their jobs. Commercial diplomacy and developments build a foundation for U.S. business to enter these markets where citizens and governments seek American goods and services.