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Bin Laden may be gone but terrorism threat still alive

The news of Osama Bin Laden’s death by U.S. Special Forces marks a defining moment in the global fight against terrorism. The 09/11/01 attacks killed almost 3000 people and thousands more troops have lost their lives in the ensuing military campaigns. The continued ability of Bin Laden to evade capture had been trumpeted by militants as a U.S. weakness. However, many security analysts are calling Bin Laden’s death as more of a psychological victory than strategic. Al Qaeda has morphed from a centrally-controlled global network into a fractious but still dangerous affiliation of individuals committed to violence leaving the threat of terrorism still very much alive. U.S. corporations need to remain vigilant and prepared. Some prudent steps for any business include:

  • Review of site security procedures
  • Carefully screen potential new hires
  • Continue to conduct emergency preparedness drills to ensure that employees know how to respond
  • Update business continuity plans
  • Review insurance policies for appropriate coverages
  • Prepare and/or restock emergency supply kits at work and at home. Go to www.Ready.gov for appropriate contents

While today’s news certainly marks an important day in the war against terrorism, the struggle continues and we must remain prepared.

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William Gallagher Associates is a leading provider of insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefits services to firms with complex risks and dynamic needs, within industries that include technology, life sciences, financial risks, health care, renewable energy & clean technology, and environmental services. WGA has offices in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; Princeton, NJ; Columbia, MD; and Atlanta, GA.

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