The Chertoff Group


The Chertoff Group, a premier global advisory firm, will host "The Three T's of the Digital Economy: Technology, Threat and Trust" as part of The Chertoff Group Security Series on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. 

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April 28, 2016                                                                  

PALO ALTO, CA. - The Chertoff Group, a premier global advisory firm, will host "The Three T's of the Digital Economy: Technology, Threat and Trust" as part of The Chertoff Group Security Series on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. By convening an influential audience of technology and security leaders and business executives, this event will examine the impact of the "Three T's" on today's business strategy, policies and public opinion as industry and government alike seek to enhance security while building trust in today's interconnected world. Attendees will hear from industry leaders driving today's technology and security dialogue and interact with like-minded peers who share an interest in making security a business opportunity for their enterprises.

Throughout the day, panel discussions will focus on topics front and center in the minds of executive decision makers including:

  • Examining encryption and the impacts on security innovation
  • Communicating security as a business enabler in the boardroom
  • How the changing venture and investment climate for security affects CISOs
  • Why an identity-centric approach to security has become critical

The event will feature prominent security experts including a keynote discussion with General Michael Hayden, Principal at The Chertoff Group and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, and panel participation by David Johnson, Associate Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. John Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco, will join a panel discussion including Joe Ford, the Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer for Bank of the West; Kevin Richards, Managing Director, Security Strategy and Risk at Accenture Strategy; and Wendi Whitmore, Global Lead of IBM X-Force Security Services for IBM, to address how security can be translated into business opportunities within today's boardrooms.

"Most executives understand cybersecurity is more than a technology risk; it's a business risk. Fewer understand that an organization's digital strategy is inseparable with its cybersecurity strategy. Through the framework of the 'Three T's,' we expect this event will deliver actionable best practices for those who want to take advantage of these trends," said Jim Pflaging, Principal and Head of both the technology sector and strategy practice at The Chertoff Group.

Now in its fourth year, The Chertoff Group Security Series provides technology, business and security leaders and managers with an insightful platform for serious discussion around today's evolving threats, and the ensuing policy considerations impacting today's digital economy. Through dynamic keynotes and comprehensive panel discussions, participants will hear different points of view relating to security, privacy, and the role of cybersecurity as a competitive differentiator.

Additional speakers at this event will include:

  • Charles Beeler, General Partner, Rally Ventures
  • Sean Brooks, Privacy Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Ari Buchler, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Sophos
  • Sean Cunningham, Managing Director, Trident Capital Cybersecurity
  • Joshua Davis, Chief Information Security Officer, Qualcomm
  • Phil Dunkelberger, Chief Executive Officer, NokNok Labs
  • Art Gilliland, Chief Executive Officer, Skyport Systems
  • Joe Gottlieb, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, SailPoint
  • Jeremy Grant, Managing Director, The Chertoff Group
  • Arabella Hallawell, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Arbor Networks
  • Scott Howitt, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, MGM Resorts International
  • Mark Mao, Cybersecurity, Information Governance and Privacy and Business Practice, Troutman Sanders
  • Katy Montgomery, Managing Director, The Chertoff Group
  • Jim Pflaging, Principal and Head of Technology Sector, The Chertoff Group
  • Sam Srinivas, Product Management Director, Information Security, Google
  • Chenxi Wang, Ph.D., Privacy and Security Expert; Vice President of Strategy, Twistlock
  • Mark Weatherford, Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group; Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour
  • Kennet Westby, President and Chief Security Strategist, Coalfire

The Chertoff Group is pleased to have the following companies as sponsors of this event: Accenture Strategy, Arbor Networks, Cisco, Coalfire, Microsoft, and SailPoint.

The Chertoff Group is proud to have the following organizations as event partners: Bay Area Council, CalCISO, Passcode, and 10FOLD.

To register and learn more about the May 19th Chertoff Group Security Series, please visit our website at You can follow the conversation on Twitter using #TCGSecuritySeries. This event will be made available via livestream coverage with additional information to be announced at a later date

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 business strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and risk management 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 Houston, London, Menlo Park, and New York. For more information about The Chertoff Group, visit  

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