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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)

Brian M. White, based in San Francisco, leads the global advisory services business for The Chertoff Group. In this capacity, Mr. White works with a wide range of clients that are seeking a new strategic direction to achieve growth objectives in government and critical infrastructure markets.  He also leads the San Francisco office, where the primary focus is on cyber security and innovative technology.  In this role, Mr. White works with large and small technology companies and equity investors that are looking to bring innovative products and services to the market.

Mr. White joined The Chertoff Group from Lockheed Martin, where he was a Senior Manager in the Electronics System business.  In this role, Mr. White led a $50M international and domestic business development and strategy team and assisted in coordinating homeland security business across Lockheed Martin.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. White was a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, where he served in numerous capacities. As a Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, Mr. White was substantively involved in all policy and operational issues at the Department, including the development and execution of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.  Mr. White also served as Chief of Staff of the Policy Office, where he managed the day-to-day operations of a $35M office and served as the primary policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary.  Earlier, he served as the Director of Maritime, Trade, and Cargo Security, where he coordinated supply chain security issues across the Department.  Mr. White was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton prior to coming to work for the government.

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 (CSIS); a practice associate at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University; a guest lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, and frequent speaker on cyber security issues. Mr. White was also a German Marshall Fund Manfred Woerner Scholar.

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

Source: Bloomberg West

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Brian White Discusses Cyber Threats on Fox Business News

Source: Fox Business News

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