Former US Secretary, Dept. of Homeland Security Slated as Keynote for World Affairs Council of Orange County Cybersecurity Event

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age with keynote speaker Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Hotel Irvine at 6:45 p.m.

Chertoff was the second ever Director of Homeland Security. Chertoff’s unique background leading up to that strategic appointment, combined with his government service and private sector work since then, give him comprehensive expertise in cyber technology and how it can impact and even control us.  

Chertoff has developed proposals for how we can protect ourselves in our individual private lives, in our businesses, and as a society, while still utilizing the very real benefits of technological advancements. Finding the balance between risks and benefits poses an unusually complex challenge. Toward that end, Chertoff has just released a new book, “Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age.”

Chertoff is currently the co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, which focuses on providing risk identification, analysis and mitigation, crisis management – prevention, preparation, response and recovery, and strategic counsel on global security solutions. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr. In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

World Affairs Council of Orange County is a non-partisan, 501c3 non-profit forum, whose primary goal is to educate and inform community citizens on important and critical issues concerning world affairs.

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