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The Business of Counterterrorism

Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security


Nathan E. Busch and Austen D. Givens

The Business of Counterterrorism focuses on the opportunities and challenges that public-private partnerships (PPPs) face in the post-9/11 world. Although these partnerships are a major topic of discussion and study among businesses and government agencies involved in homeland security efforts, they have received a much less thorough analysis by scholars. The Business of Counterterrorism identifies the essential role that PPPs are now taking in homeland security and explores the implications of this transformative shift in the field. In its discussion, it focuses on five areas in homeland security – critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, information sharing, security at U.S. ports of entry, and disaster recovery.
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2: Public-Private Partnerships in Critical Infrastructure Protection


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Chapter 2

Public-Private Partnerships in Critical Infrastructure Protection

“Rush my Muslim brothers to targeting (sic) financial sites and the program sites of financial institutions, stock markets and money markets.” That was the message posted online by Abu Suleiman Al-Nasser, a blogger working for Al-Qaeda, in January 2011—nearly ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.1

In New York City, local and federal government counterterrorism officials quickly picked up on Al-Nasser’s call for violence against financial institutions, and began to alert Wall Street bank representatives. Personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and New York Police Department (NYPD) briefed leaders from Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays about the threat, as well as measures that these firms could take to bolster security in light of the threat.2 Since 9/11 large financial firms have shored up their protection against terrorist attacks. Information sharing between the public and private sector plays a significant role in this protection, since intelligence about terrorist threats can alter banks’ preparedness plans directly. And since financial institutions are one of the sixteen critical infrastructure sectors that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identifies, this public-private sector information sharing also plays an important part in advancing critical infrastructure protection generally. But it is not just large banks that work with government agencies to advance critical infrastructure protection. ← 49 | 50 →

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