A “State” of Readiness: Matt Jacobson Talks About Always Being Prepared

During my May 7th, 2010 interview with acclaimed author and Cyber Security expert Richard Stiennon, who is a holder of Gartner’s Thought Leadership award and was named “one of the 50 most powerful people in Networking” by Network World Magazine, the subject of responsibility came up relative to both protecting against, and responding to a cyber attack on the U.S.

Referencing a January 5th, 2010 interview on Fox News with Scott Weber, the Former Counsel to the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security expressed his belief that it is not the Federal Government towards whom we should look in terms of protection, but instead he indicated that state and local governments are in the best position relative to first response.

While there are many threats beyond the realms of a cyber attack, Weber’s sentiments pertaining to responsibilities being at the state level turned my attention to comments made by our Business Thought Leader Matt Jacobson, who happens to be the Republican Gubernatorial Candidate for Maine in this year’s election.

Matt Jacobson

Matt Jacobson

Specifically, I thought of the candidates comments when he recently visited the Spill of National Significance (SONS) Exercise 2010, which simulated a maritime disaster near Portland that included a major crude oil spill, a cargo ship sinking, and the coordination of rescue, recovery and long-term clean-up of the accident during blizzard conditions. Jacobson made it clear that “These are not the issues most people think about on the campaign trail or in a typical debate, but if a disaster occurs, the Maine Governor is instantly a key decision-maker in any major emergency.”

From this vantage point, Matt will share his views on the kind of emergencies the good people of Maine might face, and what he believes is the role of the Governor in terms of emergency preparedness.

Following the same format has his previous segment (Thursday, February 18th at 12:30 PM EST) in which he talked about health care reform, this segment will also be 45-minutes in length and follow the conversational lecture format in which Matt will speak for approximately 20 minutes.  As before both the chat room and phone lines will be open to callers.

Remember to use the following link to access both the Live and On-Demand broadcast “A State Readiness: Matt Jacobson Talks About Always being Prepared,” on Thursday May 20th at 12:30 PM EST on the PI Window on Business Show on Blog Talk Radio.

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