Former DHS Secretary Chertoff to lead risk management advisory firm

The Chertoff Group to provide consulting on infrastructure protection, crisis management, business continuity


Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has formed a security advisory firm, The Chertoff Group, which will advise corporate and government clients on security and risk management issues. The firm helps clients at each stage of the security process with a focus on prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The Chertoff Group also announced today a strategic partnership with communications firm Burson-Marsteller.

The Chertoff Group assists clients with addressing threats related to terrorism, cyber security, fraud, border protection and supply chain security. The firm services include biometrics and identity management programs, information assurance, fraud prevention and investigations, border protection solutions, security engineering and infrastructure protection, crisis management, business continuity programs, and RFID-based supply chain protection. Within the security industry, the Chertoff Group will also provide mergers and acquisition advice, target identification and qualification, and due diligence support.

The firm is led by Sec. Chertoff and Chad Sweet, who served as Sec. Chertoff's Chief of Staff during his tenure as Secretary of Homeland Security. The Chertoff Group will be based in Washington and will have offices in New York. Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel in the white collar defense and investigations group at Covington & Burling LLP.

"Large organizations and government agencies with resources, staff and computer networks stretching across significant geographic areas need to be prepared to address a myriad of security issues," said former Secretary Chertoff. "We are committed to providing our clients with best-in-class risk assessments, crisis preparedness and crisis management services designed to address today's most pressing security challenges."

Mr. Chertoff was appointed the second United States Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005. In that post, Mr. Chertoff was responsible for protecting U.S. homeland from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Mr. Chertoff served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to joining the judiciary, Mr. Chertoff served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice where he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and formed the Enron Task Force, which produced more than 20 convictions.

Mr. Chertoff has also spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Sweet worked in the CIA until the early 1990s, when he began a career in investment banking. He initially worked at Morgan Stanley and was later recruited by Goldman Sachs. Mr. Sweet spent six of his twelve years in finance in overseas assignments. He returned to public service after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, which he personally witnessed while working at Goldman Sachs in New York.

The Chertoff Group has entered into strategic alliance with strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller. This agreement will allow the firms to share resources and expertise on shared client engagements where appropriate.

"We have the highest regard for former Secretary Chertoff and his work in helping to keep this country secure and look forward to working with him and The Chertoff Group," said Burson-Marsteller Worldwide President & CEO Mark Penn.

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