Aspen Security Forum panel

team members talk security at Aspen Security Forum

In July, experts from the public and private sectors gathered in Aspen, Colo., to take part in the fifth annual Aspen Security Forum, a meeting of top national security experts hosted by our partner organization, The Aspen Institute, and sponsored by Target.

Several team members and leaders from across Target – including representatives from Corporate Security, Information Security and Marketing teams – attended the forum in person to take part in the discussions with members of the Aspen Homeland Security Group, government officials, industry leaders, and nationally noted journalists. Representing the private sector, they shared thoughts on national and global security, the importance of innovation and the value of public-private partnerships. 

Before the official conference began, Ralph Boelter, vice president, Corporate Security, and Brad Maiorino, senior vice president and chief Information Security officer, met with members of the Target Security Summit Community for a working group session. This coalition of national security experts, originally convened by Target, meets regularly, working toward new opportunities to advance information-sharing between the public and private sectors.

On Day 1 of the forum, Ralph helped kick things off at the opening session, This We'll Defend: The Army's Role in Defending the Nation Against Today's Security and Fiscal Challenges, by highlighting the importance of breaking down the barriers to collaboration between public and private sector experts.

“Security may mean something different to each person in this room,” Ralph said, “but as security professionals, we can all point to specific incidents and challenges we’ve faced … They reinforce the need to understand the rapidly evolving security threats across the spectrum, and to learn from each other’s experiences. Doing so means we’ll be better equipped against those risks going forward, and will ultimately allow us to keep our organizations, our communities and our nation safe.”

Later, as a guest panelist during a session on Intergovernmental Cooperation in Counterterrorism, Ralph addressed how increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks like the one Target faced in 2013 are becoming a greater risk to the industry. Joining Ralph on the panel were Matt Olsen, director, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who addressed the need for industrywide collaboration against a wide range of threats.

Throughout the three-day forum, team members and leaders took part in more discussions during the events and activities, sharing thoughts, insights and information to help protect the American public from safety threats including cyberattacks, terrorism and natural disasters. By joining discussions and sharing insights and information, businesses like Target can help both national and local public safety partners mitigate potential security risks.

Watch more videos from the 2014 Aspen Security Forum, and visit the Safety & Preparedness pages to learn more about the programs and partners Target supports.

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