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.  Hosted by Katy Montgomery, 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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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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Katy Montgomery, Principal, The Chertoff Group.

About the Host

Katy Montgomery is a Principal at The Chertoff Group, where she is responsible for strategic communications and thought leadership advisory services designed to help clients enhance trust and articulate specific points of view around security risk management in today’s increasingly connected world. Bringing unique insight and experience having worked in both government and the private sector, Katy helps craft and execute results-driven communications strategies while also serving as a trusted advisor in the areas of public relations, issues management, executive engagement and stakeholder outreach, and crisis communications for many Chertoff Group clients, including Fortune 500 companies and national trade associations.