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Brian M. White


Brian M. White

Areas of Focus

  • Corporate strategy, with a focus on developing partnerships and assisting with market access

  • Strategic advice on mergers, acquisitions, and private equity investments

  • Cyber security

  • International homeland security

  • Homeland Security

  • Global border and supply chain security


Previous Government Experience:

  • Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (2007 – 2009)

  • Chief of Staff, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security (2006 – 2007)

  • Director of Cargo, Maritime & Trade Policy, Department of Homeland Security (2006)

  • Professional Staff Member, Senate and House Committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2004 – 2006)

An expert in security, business strategy and execution, Brian White leads The Chertoff Group’s San Francisco office.  Working with large and small technology companies and equity investors, Mr. White advises clients that are looking to bring innovative products and services to market, particularly for public sector customers.

Mr. White previously worked at Lockheed Martin as a Senior Manager in the Electronics System business where he led a $50 million international and domestic business development and strategy team and assisted in coordinating homeland security business across the organization. 

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. White was a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, where he served in numerous capacities including Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Policy Office.  As a Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, Brian was substantively involved in all policy and operational issues at the Department, including the development and execution of the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative. 

Mr. White came to government from the private sector, where he was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.  As an Associate with Booz Allen, he principally advised the Department of Defense on various technology issues including biometrics and the use of commercial satellites.

Mr. White holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; and a B.S. from Syracuse University where he was a Division 1 student-athlete.  Mr. White currently serves as a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a practice associate at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University; a guest lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a frequent speaker on cyber security issues.  


Featured Article

Brian White Shares Insight Into Why Companies Need Business Continuty Plans

Source: Forbes

Christopher Skroupa:  At the time of a cyber-attack, how do company executives define and protect their most critical assets and put into place a business continuity plan?

Brian White:  It is important to note that at the time of an attack it will already be too late for a company executive to identify those critical assets.  The intruder will have located them and targeted these assets.   Once the company identifies the cyber intrusion, each second is critical to effectively responding.  With this in mind, it is essential for business executives to conduct a strategic review and analysis of their most vital assets and make investments to create a more resilient enterprise.  It’s not about what they should do at the time of an attack, but rather how they implement a response and recovery plan.  The biggest risk a company faces in today’s uncertainty of cyber-attacks is not being prepared.

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Brian White Offers Cybersecurity Best Practices for C-Suite to Protect their Enterprises

Source: Bloomberg West

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Brian White Discusses Cybersecurity Best Practices for Social Media, Internet of Things, & Bitcoin

Source: Bloomberg West


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