Corporate Security: Girding Against New Risks

Global executives are working to better protect their employees and businesses from calamity

After the first terror attacks of Sept. 11--and shortly before tons of debris buried its offices--the New York Board of Trade, a commodities-futures and options exchange, safely evacuated all 260 of its employees from 4 World Trade Center. Mark Fichtel, the exchange's CEO, says, "We were incredibly lucky." But it wasn't luck that six days later traders were back at work bidding on coffee, cocoa and orange juice futures at a makeshift facility just across the East River in Queens. That quick relocation was the fruit of a detailed contingency plan put in place nearly seven years ago and constantly refined,...

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