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NTSC National CISO Policy Conference Announces Former DHS Deputy Chief of Staff Adam Isles as Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ATLANTA, GA (September 27, 2017) – Adam Isles, Principal at The Chertoff Group and former Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security, will be a featured keynote speaker at the inaugural NTSC National CISO Policy Conference on October 5, 2017 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Isles's remarks will focus on the cyber threat landscape, risk management approaches for both government and the private sector, and national policies that can help mitigate cyber risk.

“There is no shortage of guidance on how to manage security risk. The challenge is how to prioritize in the face of an adaptive threat, limited resources, and a rapidly changing business and technology environment,“ said Isles. “Public-private partnerships can help security leaders advance their programs through timely and actionable information sharing, targeted research and best practices sharing, and a focus on incident response and resiliency. I look forward to discussing the current cyber threat landscape with attendees of the NTSC’s inaugural policy conference and engaging in dialogue about these concerns we all share.”

At The Chertoff Group, Isles helps clients evaluate and mature their security risk management programs. He has managed security services engagements for clients in a number of industries including the financial services, retail, transportation, food and agriculture, and utility sectors. Previously, Isles served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he worked daily with the Secretary to coordinate department-wide operations.

Before joining the Department of Homeland Security, Isles served at the U.S. Department of Justice where he started his legal career as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division in 1997. From 2002-2003, he was also a Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council.

“Adam’s experience at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, and National Security Council gives him a unique point of view from which to speak about cyberthreats,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “In addition, Adam also works heavily with multiple industries and that perspective is key to understanding how national legislation may impact a wide cross-section of American businesses. We’re happy to include someone of Adam’s caliber on our conference program to help give us a thorough assessment of the cyberthreat landscape.”

Isles will join a lineup of speakers and panelists who will address topics including cyber policy and technology; artificial intelligence, big data, and automation; cyber threat intelligence sharing; GDPR; and cybersecurity and education. An invitation-only event for CISOs and senior cybersecurity policy stakeholders, the NTSC National CISO Policy Conference will conclude Atlanta Cyber Week—a week of exciting Atlanta cybersecurity activity that includes Baker Donelson’s Cybersecurity Accelerator Meetup and Cybercon 2017.

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

About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)

The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

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