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Cybersecurity Challenges

Thu, Aug 2, 2012, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a special lecture with

Hon. Randall Fort
Director of Corporate Programs Security

on the topic of
Cybersecurity Challenges

Thursday, August 2
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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Randall FortRandall M. Fort is director of Corporate Programs Security for Raytheon. He joined the Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance leadership team in July 2009. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, Mass. 

In his leadership role, Fort is responsible for partnering with Raytheon’s customer community to elevate programs security as a strategic business enabler. Fort’s enterprise guidance ensures the integration of information, systems and people with customers so that our products and capabilities provide value worldwide. He is knowledgeable in the essential coordination of physical and cyber security, a key discriminator for delivering comprehensive solutions for customers and for protecting Raytheon products and systems. 

Prior to Raytheon, Fort was employed at the U.S. State Department as the assistant secretary of state for Intelligence and Research, from 2006 to 2009. He managed the production and dissemination of all-source intelligence analysis for the secretary of state and other senior policymakers. Fort headed the department’s Cyber Policy Group and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research – a member of the U.S. intelligence community. 

Before his U.S. State Department appointment, Fort was director of Global Security for Goldman Sachs, from 1996 to 2006, where he was responsible for all aspects of physical security risk management, including investigations, travel safety, executive protection, risk analysis, access control, perimeter protection and security technology. He also served as chief of staff to the president and co-chief operating officer of the firm. From 1993 to 1996, Fort was director of Special Projects at TRW, Inc. for two of the corporation’s Space and Defense operating groups. 

Fort’s private sector experience was preceded by 11 years of additional service in the U.S. government. He served as the deputy assistant secretary for Functional Analysis and Research in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1993. He was also the special assistant to the secretary for National Security and director of the Office of Intelligence Support at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1987 to 1989. Prior to moving to Treasury, he served as a professional staff member, first as assistant director and subsequently as deputy executive director, of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House from 1982 to 1987. 

Fort holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from George Washington University. He was a Henry Luce Scholar, 1980 to 1981, serving as a research assistant to a member of the Japanese Diet (parliament).