Insights & Intelligence

Listen to the best and brightest in security share their unique insights and perspectives around the changing nature of risk by downloading episodes of Insights & Intelligence, a Chertoff Group podcast. Insights & Intelligence explores the impact of security, technology and policy on today’s risk management decisions and how to create more resilient environments for today’s constantly changing world.


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November 27th, 2019

Episode 64

The use of disinformation isn’t new, but finding the truth has become more challenging as our adversaries employ sophisticated tools to manipulate perception. The Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles speaks with national security expert J.D. Maddox about the nature of disinformation campaigns, why companies should be concerned, and what can be done to prevent the spread of disinformation. He warns corporations that it’s a matter of time before sophisticated disinformation campaigns are used against them.

November 4th, 2019

Episode 63

While cybersecurity is often top of mind for many companies, physical threats such as active shooters are emerging as major risks to people and businesses too. The Chertoff Group’s Jayson Ahern discusses the roles and responsibilities of leadership in guarding against these threats, how chief security officers can work with the organization, and how often companies should assess their risks.

October 28th, 2019

Episode 62

Chertoff Group Senior Advisor Bob Pocica, who began his career at the FBI and served in various security roles at major corporations, discusses enterprise risk management. He talks about the importance of bringing physical and cybersecurity areas of a company together, and why it’s necessary for organizations to have a senior individual in charge of these threats. He urges Chief Security Officers to be proactive and offers this: You can’t over-communicate when it comes to security.

October 21st, 2019

Episode 61

The Chertoff Group’s Brian Hess traces his career in the U.S. Air Force – from deployment to his work at the Pentagon as a Nuclear Security Policy Officer. He discusses how the lessons he learned in the military can apply to the corporate world. How can we break down the barriers that exist between physical and cyber within organizations? He stresses the importance of working with teams to guard against threats.

October 14th, 2019

Episode 60

What is the state of the market when it comes to space and missile defense? The Chertoff Group’s Kristjan Kornmayer, who recently published the Space and Missile Defense Market Review, discusses a recent space and missile defense symposium and where he sees major areas of investment from the government and private sector.

October 7th, 2019

Episode 59

Maggie Brunner of the National Governors Association discusses the steps that states are taking when it comes to cybersecurity. It’s everything from ensuring election security, dealing with ransomware threats, to protecting the electric grid. She highlights an innovative pilot program with seven states to improve cybersecurity, as well as the National Guard’s role in helping states with cyber threats.

September 30th, 2019

Episode 58

The Chertoff Group’s Jayson Ahern talks about the importance of international supply chain security, and the delicate balance that must be maintained to keep goods flowing across our border. Public-private partnerships are setting standards to ensure legitimate goods come in, and the threats stay out. He discusses why companies need to understand – and guard against – risks in the international supply chain.

September 23rd, 2019

Episode 57

What makes a good Director of National Intelligence? In the wake of the recent retirement of National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and the resignation of principal deputy director Sue Gordon, Chertoff Group Principal Charles Allen discusses what the Office of the Director of National Intelligence means to the security of the United States. Allen, who had a 40-year career with the CIA, talks about the importance of the office and the type of leader the role requires.

September 17th, 2019

Episode 56

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee reflected on today’s national security challenges during a recent hearing titled “18 Years Later: The state of Homeland Security After 9/11.” Chertoff Group Executive Chairman Michael Chertoff, who served as the second U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, testified about the collective work done to prevent this type of event from occurring again and where further investment and attention is needed to protect the safety and security of the American people.

September 9th, 2019

Episode 55

It’s been nearly 20 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Chertoff Group’s Jayson Ahern, Charles Allen, Adam Isles, General Michael Hayden and Lee Kair reflect on a day that changed America, and share stories about how it influenced their careers. They had a front-row seat to what happened on one of the country’s darkest days — and witnessed a nation that rose to the challenge.

August 26th, 2019

Episode 54

How can the U.S. ensure the security of its elections and protect democracy? The Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles discusses vulnerabilities in election security and strategies to guard against attacks with Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance. Reitinger talks about some basic steps to cut your cyber risk and cautions that the Internet of Things will present new challenges that we’ve yet to grasp.

August 19th, 2019

Episode 53

Attacks on the U.S. election system and those around the world are designed to sow doubt and undermine confidence, creating challenges for democracies around the world. Adam Isles and Michael Chertoff discuss how we protect the integrity of elections – from campaigns, voters, and the voting system itself. It requires a public-private partnership, and individual citizens have a role to play. Chertoff cautions that we must use our imagination to prepare for the attacks we haven’t seen.

August 12th, 2019

Episode 52

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the ability of computer systems and algorithms to simulate human responses and then learn and adapt. It holds great potential to bring innovation across a number of sectors.  But it also raises a host of moral, legal and ethical questions. The Chertoff Group’s Paul Rosenzweig discusses the challenges and dilemmas this technology creates. How far are we willing to go in putting our faith in AI, and can we design it in a way that aligns with our values?

August 5th, 2019

Episode 51

Software has traditionally been a black box when it comes to knowing what’s inside. Allan Friedman, director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, discusses the Software Component Transparency initiative and efforts to establish a software bill of materials. It’s akin to a list of ingredients associated with a particular piece of software to help stakeholders make better risk-management decisions. What will make this a reality?

July 29th, 2019

Episode 50

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an incredibly powerful tool to help us make predictions, offering the promise of huge advances across all economic sectors and the government. But how do we define AI, what are its benefits, and how can it be applied in a way that’s consistent with our values? Carol Kuntz, a senior advisor with the Chertoff Group, speaks about where AI is used today and some thoughts on how we govern its use in the future. She argues that the technology is at a place where public policy choices need to be made about its use.

July 22nd, 2019

Episode 49

The electric grid is often described as a lifeline sector for the nation’s critical infrastructure. But most of this sector is privately owned. How can the government and private sector work together to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure? The Chertoff Group’s Scott Gibson and Christian Healion discuss the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and how it can function as the public-private sector hub for understanding risk and helping the electric power industry achieve the twin goals of reliability and resiliency.

July 15th, 2019

Episode 48

Encryption is a foundational security tool. But in a time of more outbreaks of violence, the temptation is great to build a backdoor into the encryption process and foil plots before they can be carried out. Chertoff Group Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Chertoff argues that we shouldn’t weaken encryption for an understandable – yet narrow – law enforcement use. He discusses the techniques that law enforcement can use to make sense of data without undermining encryption and predicts that quantum computing will be the next big tool for cracking encryption.

July 7th, 2019

Episode 47

Under a new Executive Order, the security clearance process will now be conducted through the Department of Defense. It’s an important step forward in reforming the outmoded and cumbersome security clearance process. But it’s not a panacea say Chertoff Group Principal Charles Allen, Chuck Alsup, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), and Adam Lurie, a member of INSA’s advisory board. They argue that we must redefine what a clear and trusted worker is through a process of continuous evaluation and vetting. And we need to use technology to conduct security clearances in a way that’s much more effective and efficient than it’s done today.

July 1st, 2019

Episode 46

Cyber threats now rank as the number one threat against U.S. government and business interests. What can the government do to protect businesses against an onslaught of attacks? The Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles and Matthew Eggers of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce discuss the Cyber SAFETY Act – proposed legislation that would modernize an early law put into place after 9/11 to encourage the use of anti-terrorism technology. The legislation, among other things, incentivizes companies to take their product through the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act vetting process.

June 24th, 2019

Episode 45

A changing business environment has meant that many companies outsource services and have multiple supply chains, introducing new risks from the outside. The Chertoff Group’s Chris Duvall talks about ways to manage third-party risk, the questions companies should be asking, and the looming threat of software subversion. He advises organizations to have a robust third-party program as part of any holistic risk-management strategy.

June 17th, 2019

Episode 44

Organizations are facing increased cybersecurity threats. How should companies assess these risks and put a plan in place to prevent them? The Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles and Kurt Alaybeyoglu discuss MITRE’s ATT&CK threat assessment model that helps companies create individual plans to better understand risks, threats and ways to guard against them.

June 10th, 2019

Episode 43

There’s no such thing as risk elimination. But if businesses focus on the most likely threats, they can minimize the damage. The Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles and Scott Gibson talk about how organizations can manage security risks effectively, the importance of monitoring those risks, and the convergence of both physical and cybersecurity threats.

June 3rd, 2019

Episode 42

Geopolitical realities can present risks for companies. The Chertoff Group’s Jonathan Paris, an expert in Middle East, US-China and transatlantic relations, provides regional insights and outlines the risks that Iran poses. What should global companies anticipate in the region?

May 27th, 2019

Episode 41

How can technology play a role in modernizing the security clearance process? Allan Martin, co-founder and CEO of Lumina Analytics, speaks about how we move from an outmoded system that is manually based to one that is far more focused on technology. He discusses how the use of artificial intelligence could make the process more efficient and why continuous evaluation is needed in the security clearance process.

May 20th, 2019

Episode 40

Private companies are collecting an enormous amount of data about us. What’s being collected, who is sharing it, and why? Privacy expert Justin Antonipillai, CEO of WireWheel, talks about the data that companies are collecting and buying about customers and how this information can be used. He discusses the steps that companies should take when it comes to privacy.

May 13th, 2019

Episode 39

How can we protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from both physical and cyber attacks? Brian Harrell, the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), discusses how “soft” targets – from schools to stadiums and places of worship – can be protected. He talks about the convergence of physical and cyber security, the role of the government and private sector in protecting infrastructure, and how building resilience can help us avoid a single point of failure.

May 6th, 2019

Episode 38

What is quantum computing and how might this disruptive technology change our lives? Paul Stimers, a partner at the law firm K&L Gates and founder of the Quantum Industry Coalition, talks about how the U.S. can encourage innovation in the field – or risk losing out to international competitors. He notes the importance that workforce development will play in the field. With the right investments, he believes the U.S. is capable of winning the quantum race.

April 29th, 2019

Episode 37

Sometimes, the greatest risks to a company come from the inside. The Chertoff Group’s Lee Kair and Sean Horner discuss insider risk, why it happens and what can be done to identify and mitigate those risks. They stress the importance of continually monitoring behaviors that can indicate a red flag. And they offer insights on how a robust insider threat program can help all employees and help identify threats before problems arise.

April 22nd, 2019

Episode 36

The impending shift to Fifth Generation Wireless - 5G – will dramatically reshape almost all aspects of our lives. Its effects will impact all industries and it’s expected to herald unprecedented innovation. Cyber security experts Sam Visner and John Nagengast, members of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Cyber Council, discuss how 5G is different from previous networks, its applications and whether the United States is on pace in the race to 5G. The economy and many aspects of our lives will depend on 5G capabilities. What are the risks involved and how do we keep 5G networks secure?

April 15th, 2019

Episode 35

Cybercriminals are escalating the cyber arms race with pace and determination. Cybersecurity expert Bill Conner, president and CEO of SonicWall, helps us explore the tactical advances by both the security industry and cybercriminals. Conner discusses the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which details more than 10.5 billion global malware attacks and spikes in ransomware, phishing, IoT threats and sophisticated salvos over non-standard ports. What can be learned about protecting against these threats and how can the public and private sectors work together to prevent them?

April 8th, 2019

Episode 34

A common language is needed around cyber threats, says Jim Richberg, former National Intelligence Manager for Cyber and advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on cyber issues. He talks about how to turn cyber intelligence into actionable information. Lacking good metrics is the “greatest Achilles’ heel of cybersecurity,” he says. He cautions that while artificial intelligence and machine learning generate a lot of buzz, we have yet to understand the technology’s full potential.

April 1st, 2019

Episode 33

Our devices are increasingly connected through the Internet of Things (IoT). What are the emerging risks associated with this connectivity? Adam Isles, a principal at The Chertoff Group, shares insights about the IoT environment and the need for standards in this space. He calls for security standards to be seamlessly integrated into the software development lifecycle. 

March 25th, 2019

Episode 32

What is blockchain technology and how is it applied? Alan Cohn, a blockchain and cryptocurrency expert with Steptoe, explains the ins and outs of blockchain, its strengths as a security technology, and the landscape for oversight and regulation. He discusses blockchain’s potential and how companies are using it to innovate.

March 18th, 2019

Episode 31

Which laws govern data in cyberspace and how do these issues evolve when conflicts happen? Chris Painter, a globally recognized leader in cybersecurity and cyber policy, discusses how governments can work together to drive good behavior online and set norms. Although we’re not yet at a stage where we have a United Nations treaty for cyberspace, Painter calls for more international cooperation between governments and the private sector. And he warns that there must be accountability for countries that break the rules.

March 11th, 2019

Episode 30

Reputational hits can cost a company and damage a business. What’s the role of business intelligence and due diligence when it comes to mitigating risk? The Chertoff Group’s Ben Joelson and Brogan Ingstad discuss the evolution of how companies have managed risk and the steps that should be taken – from mining open-source intelligence sources to navigating the Dark Web – to avoid reputational damage.

March 4th, 2019

Episode 29

A cyber-enabled economic warfare attack designed to undermine America’s strength would have far-reaching consequences.  How would the government and the private sector respond and interact? Dr. Samantha Ravich, chairman of FDD's CCTI and David London, a senior director at The Chertoff Group, discuss how representatives from the public and private sector came together to plan for such a scenario.

February 25th, 2019

Episode 28

We often focus on cybersecurity, but physical security is just as important. How do companies take the lessons learned from organizations that have experienced tragedies and implement them to keep employees safe? The Chertoff Group’s Ben Joelson and Scott Gibson discuss technologies that could be part of the solution, and what happens when physical security and cybersecurity merge.

February 18th, 2019

Episode 27

What happens in the first 24 hours after an organization experiences a crisis? Siobhan Gorman, a partner at the Brunswick Group, talks about the playbook that every organization should have in place before an incident occurs. She discusses the implications for both internal and external communications, how to involve the CEO, and the role of social media in these situations.
February 11th, 2019

Episode 26

Drones have become ubiquitous for a number of commercial and consumer purposes. But what happens when drones land in the wrong hands? The Chertoff Group’s Ben Joelson and Phil Pitsky, Vice President of Federal Operations of airspace security company Dedrone, discuss the challenges and threats that drones can pose and what can be done under current law to protect from potential risks.
February 4th, 2019

Episode 25

The current security clearance process is antiquated and should be modernized. Chuck Alsup, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), and Chertoff Group Principal Charles Allen, discuss the growing momentum to reform the security clearance process. Issues addressed include the need for government adoption of uniform standards for investigations, adjudications and continuous evaluation; implementation of continuous evaluation across government; and elimination of duplicative efforts regarding clearance and suitability. Both leaders are optimistic that industry and government can work together to make these needed changes.
January 28th, 2019

Episode 24

As General Michael Hayden continues his recovery at home, please enjoy his recent thoughts on private and public sector approaches to #cybersecurity and #informationsharing as part of our latest Insights & Intelligence podcast. He chats about some of the thorniest issues facing the United States, such as Russian interference in our elections, and how we’ll deter future attacks. Gen. Hayden urges his fellow Americans to get more involved in these discussions that will “shape the American approach to the world for the rest of the century.”
January 21st, 2019

Episode 23

There are two types of companies – those that have experienced a data breach and those that don’t know they have. As the amount of data breaches affecting the private sector has reached epidemic proportions, former FBI Executive Assistant Director Bob Anderson details the questions CEOs should be asking to avoid an attack and what to do if a breach occurs.
January 14th, 2019

Episode 22

Chad Sweet, co-founder and CEO of The Chertoff Group, discusses the purpose of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), how it works and how we can encourage foreign investment without compromising security. He highlights some changes in the law that every company doing business in the United States should know.
January 7th, 2019

Episode 21

When it comes to terrorist attacks, some of the biggest threats to security involve soft targets – airports, concert venues and nightclubs. Dr. J. Bennet Waters, who leads The Chertoff Group’s global Strategic Advisory Services, discusses ways to manage risk, be aware of threats and balance security with privacy and civil liberties.

December 17th, 2018

Episode 20

How can security be embedded in the technologies used in automobiles? Faye Francy, executive director of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC), discusses how the auto industry is working together to make sure the software used in cars is safe and secure.

December 10th, 2018

Episode 19

When it comes to public safety and the use of software in medical devices and vehicles, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Joshua Corman, co-founder of I am The Cavalry, warns that while all software has flaws, we must address the most serious ones—or face dire consequences. He discusses the potential social and legal ramifications of software flaws that affect the safety of technology used in today’s increasingly connected environment.

November 30, 2018

Episode 18

From insertable cardiac monitors to medical devices connected to smartphones, healthcare has become more responsive to patients.  Abbott’s Chris Tyberg and Chertoff Group Principal Bennet Waters discuss technological advances in digital health and the role that cybersecurity plays in this new healthcare frontier. 
November 26, 2018

Episode 17

What do organizations need to know to effectively manage security when moving to the cloud? Delta Risk CEO Scott Kaine walks us through important considerations.

November 19, 2018

Episode 16

From iris and fingerprint scans to facial recognition software, Lee Kair, managing director at The Chertoff Group, breaks down what we need to know about biometrics.

November 12, 2018

Episode 15

The data revolution has made our lives more convenient, but it’s also created vulnerabilities. Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and The Chertoff Group Founder Michael Chertoff discusses his new book, “Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age.”

November 5, 2018

Episode 14

Constant software updates and changes to code can introduce new security vulnerabilities into the technology supply chain – the hardware, software, and services we use on a daily basis.

October 29, 2018

Episode 13

The Internet of Things — from driverless vehicles to medical devices —presents new challenges to cybersecurity. Who is responsible when things go horribly awry?

October 22, 2018

Episode 12

When we think of insider cybersecurity threats to a business or government agency, we conjure images of spies working on behalf of a foreign government.  Chertoff Group Principal Bob Anderson offers insights on what makes a good insider threat program, why gaining employee trust is so difficult, and why corporate boards need to proactively examine their IT infrastructure and cybersecurity practices and procedures.

October 15, 2018

Episode 11

Ahead of the midterm elections, can we ensure our election security infrastructure is safe from attack?
October 8, 2018

Episode 10

While disinformation campaigns are nothing new, the ability to spread false narratives has gained new life with the use of social media.

October 1, 2018

Episode 9

New legislation seeks to modernize the process by which foreign companies invest in the United States. What will this mean for companies looking to do business in the U.S.?

SEPT 23, 2018

Episode 8

Security threats are constantly changing. And while you can’t completely eliminate risk, you can learn to manage it.

SEPT 17, 2018

Episode 7

Ransomware is a big business and has become the single most prevalent form of malware. Chris Duvall, Senior Director at The Chertoff Group, discusses how ransomware spreads, how to prepare for a potential attack, and how to recover.

SEPT 10, 2018

Episode 6

Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition and founder of Women in Homeland Security, talks about what small and medium-sized businesses can offer their government partners.

SEPT 3, 2018

Episode 5

How do you know that your security program is effective? Mark Weatherford, Senior Advisor at the Chertoff Group, weighs in on the role of CISO in an ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. 
Aug 27, 2018

Episode 4

CIA legend and Chertoff Group Principal Charlie Allen reflects on his career in intelligence – from the Cold War to the war on terror.

Aug 20, 2018

Episode 3

As the saying goes, no plan survives first contact with an enemy. That’s why incident response planning is so critical when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting your business.

Aug 13, 2018

Episode 2

It’s a good time to be a buyer and a seller, says Chertoff Group President Jason Kaufman, who leads the firm’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice.

Aug 06, 2018

Episode 1

Ever stood in line at airport security and wondered what’s behind the technology that keeps us safe in the skies?

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