THE CHERTOFF GROUP EXPANDS TEAM WITH JASON COOK

Prominent Security and Information Technology Expert Joins The Chertoff Group as Managing Director  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides risk management, business strategy, and merchant banking advisory services, is pleased to announce that Jason Cook, former Vice President of Security and Chief Information Security Officer at BT Americas, is joining the Firm as a Managing Director, effective March 13th. Mr. Cook is a highly respected security professional with 20 years of management experience in the IT Network and Security sector.

At The Chertoff Group, Mr. Cook will work with the Firm's clientele to develop growth strategies, identify market solutions and advise on policy impacts across the information technology and cybersecurity sectors.

"Jason is a recognized industry leader with 20 years of experience addressing security critical issues as both a practitioner and advisor," said Chad Sweet, CEO and Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group. "Jason will deliver incredible value to our Firm's existing clientele as they seek to improve their ability to respond to risk and to develop innovative, secure growth strategies."  

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Mr. Cook worked at BT where he was the Vice President of Security and Chief Information Security Officer for BT Americas. In this role, Mr. Cook led the regional Security Practice responsible for sales, portfolio, partners, engineering, professional services and physical and cyber operations. In addition, he acted as the regional CISO and served as a member of the BT Americas board and operating committee, ensuring that BT consistently maintained high standards for security, risk management, and compliance. 

"Cloud and mobility have dramatically impacted our client's approach to digital transformation and risk management. Jason's deep background in both cloud security and managed security services will help our clients better navigate these dynamics" said Jim Pflaging, a Principal at The Chertoff Group and Leader of both the Firm's Business Strategy Practice and Technology vertical. "Jason brings both the CISO perspective along with a proven track record in delivering security advisory services to Global organizations." 

During his tenure at BT, Mr. Cook was responsible for delivering solutions for more than 7,000 of BT's global customers across the company's lines of business. With his team's help, Mr. Cook helped to create and provide customers with innovative service propositions and solutions. Mr. Cook's twenty-plus years with BT have given him technical and leadership experience in infrastructure, architecture, development and extensive experience working with vendors. 

"Having the chance to join and collaborate with such a talented and experienced team means a lot to me, and coupled with the respected brand that The Chertoff Group has I am looking forward to working alongside these professionals as we participate and lead in this critical space of Security." said Jason Cook. "The Firm delivers a unique combination of strategy, risk management and merchant banking services, offering the perfect platform for me to advise clients and partners on how to grow and secure their enterprises." 

As a recognized expert in the fields of national and international security, Mr. Cook is a frequent speaker at major industry events and is frequently sought after by CEO's and Corporate Boards for executive-level cybersecurity guidance. Mr. Cook has often provided cybersecurity commentary and analysis to large publications including CIO Review and InfoSecurity Magazine.

About The Chertoff Group

The Chertoff Group is a premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. The Chertoff Group helps clients grow and secure their enterprise through risk management, business strategy, and merchant banking advisory services. The Chertoff Group, and its investment banking subsidiary Chertoff Capital, have advised on multiple M&A transactions totaling nearly $7 billion in deal value. Headquartered in Washington D.C., the Firm maintains offices in Menlo Park and New York. For more information about The Chertoff Group, visit www.chertoffgroup.com.