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Corporate anti-terrorism directed at St. Louis companies

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Corporate security executives are now being recruited in the "War on Terror".

The United States Attorney's Office of Eastern Missouri is hosting a conference on corporate anti-terrorism this week.

Catherine Hanaway is the U.S. Attorney based in St. Louis.

She says the issue of corporate security is particularly relevant for the metro region.

"We have lots of little companies that aren't in the news every day that are vital to our nation's security and we need to make sure their technology doesn't get stolen and put into the hands of our enemies," says Hanaway.

Hanaway says its not just companies such as Boeing that need to be concerned about security but also Anheuser-Busch, Centene or Purina.

Judge William Webster gave the opening remarks at the conference. He was appointed U.S. Attorney in St. Louis by Eisenhower in 1961 and is also a former director of the F.B.I and C.I.A.

Websters claims that heightened security applies to everything these days, not just airports and sky-scrapers.

"Its important for the company to make clear to their employees they're not doing this for the fun of it, or to make life miserable for them. Its part of a team effort to protect the company, the employees and the community," says Webster.

The conference is focusing on issues of internal security as well as shoring up first responder protocols in the event of a terrorist attack.

The terrorism conference is the fourth of its kind since September 11th.

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