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Dutko launches risk-management venture

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Dutko Worldwide is launching a new risk-management venture that will be run by crisis-prevention experts who worked with the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

Washington-based lobbying firm Dutko Worldwide announced the new venture, Dutko Global Risk Management, is part of an effort to offer public and private institutions consulting on mitigating evolving threats and supporting recovery from natural and man-made disasters.

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Officials said DGRM would be run by three former Department of Homeland Security experts, including the venture's new managing director, Robert Stephan, the department's former assistant secretary for infrastructure protection.

"In an increasingly complex and dangerous world, private and public institutions have no choice but to assume new responsibilities -- whether it's reducing their vulnerability to terrorist or cyber attacks or appraising how best to recover from unexpected calamities," Stephan said in a statement.

"DGRM will provide clients with the technical support they need to achieve security, accountability and operational continuity."

The new venture's staff will also include Theodore Macklin, an emergency preparedness expert who has supported the DHS Operations Directorate, and Christopher Krebs, who led the department's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards regulatory program.

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