Podcast Recap: Meeting evolving global security challenges with Michael Chertoff

July 2, 2024
Chertoff discusses the convergence of cyber and physical risk, the 2024 Olympics and securing the upcoming US presidential election.

A turbulent political sphere in the U.S., hostile nation state actors and conflicts across the Middle East and Ukraine see government bodies and businesses alike facing unprecedented challenges on multiple fronts. When coupled with the advent of sophisticated deepfakes, AI-powered cyber risks and the increased usage of drone technology, threats that were not even in the public consciousness years ago have evolved to redefine the way security is handled.

In this recent episode of SecurityDNA, host Steve Lasky of SecurityInfoWatch.com is joined by Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, to discuss the convergence of cyber and physical risk, the security philosophy of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and what challenges to expect during the upcoming US presidential election.

Chertoff: “We manage risk; we don’t eliminate it. If you think you’ll never have a problem, you’re deluding yourself.”

As former Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, co-author of the USA PATRIOT Act and a previous US circuit judge, Chertoff has his finger firmly on the pulse of global security. Since his four-year term as Secretary, he went on to found the Chertoff Group alongside Chad Sweet, who was previously the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief of Staff. Chertoff has also served as chair and Board of Trustees member of Freedom House and is on the States United Democracy Center’s Advisory Board.

Find this month’s episode of SecurityDNA here.


  • Why Chertoff pursued an aggressive global security strategy during his tenure as Secretary of Homeland Security,
  • How FEMA, Hurricane Katrina and dealing with white collar crime helped Chertoff transition into his current role and mission statement at Chertoff Group,
  • What challenges government bodies face when navigating the global threat landscape,
  • Why increasing cyber risks are becoming the number one challenge to CEOs,
  • And how to secure elections amidst highly advanced artificial intelligence and a turbulent political landscape.


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Samantha Schober | Associate Editor

Samantha Schober is associate editor of SecurityInfoWatch.com.