New Alliance Formed to Address Business Risks

March 26, 2012, Columbia, SC—The Security Executive Council (SEC) and the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business (USC DMSB) are pleased to announce a newly formed alliance that will bring together and expand upon the significant interests, resources, and focus of both organizations concerning risk. The goal of the initiative is to unite each organization’s expertise in business and security risk research, management, and education. The new project will operate under the banner of the Risk and Uncertainty Management Initiative within the Darla Moore School of Business.

Initial efforts will focus on executive education, research, events for business and security executives, and a corporate executive-in-residence program. These efforts will combine the academic work of the faculty at USC DMSB with input from experienced security practitioners and applied research from the SEC. Output will be shared with the risk management community in the form of guidance documents, business and research publications, and knowledge exchange partnerships with businesses, government agencies, other universities and nonprofit organizations.

For many years the Darla Moore School of Business has added value to the business community through graduates of its nationally recognized programs in international business and in risk management and insurance. This new relationship will expand the university knowledgebase, audience and other resources available to the school. Dean Hildy Teegen of the DMSB commented on the initiative by saying, “We are extremely excited about this partnership with SEC. This provides an outstanding vehicle for connecting USC’s rigorous research and education programs to relevant issues facing the risk and security business community. It will also help focus our research and education on the emerging risk challenges facing business executives with the goal of solving critical problems and seizing exciting opportunities.”

To find out how to participate in the new USC DMSB/SEC initiative, or for more information, please contact Bob Hayes, Managing Director of the Security Executive Council, at

About the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
The Darla Moore School of Business is known for its outstanding leadership in international business education and research. Founded in 1919 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, it currently enrolls students in degree-seeking programs including bachelor, master and doctorate degrees. U.S. News and World Report ranks its undergraduate international business program #1 in the country, its graduate international business program #2 in the country, and its risk management and insurance program #10 in the country.

About the Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council ( is a leading problem-solving research and services organization focused on helping businesses effectively manage and mitigate risk. Drawing on the collective knowledge of a large community of successful security practitioners, subject matter experts, and strategic alliance partners, the Council provides strategy, insight and proven practices that cannot be found anywhere else. Our research, services, and tools work to help security leaders initiate, enhance or innovate security programs; build their leadership skills; and bring quantifiable value to their organizations.

Marleah Blades
Manager, External Relations
The Security Executive Council

Greg Niehaus
Risk and Uncertainty Management Initiative
Darla Moore School of Business

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