Adam Isles

Principal and Head of Cybersecurity Practice

Adam Isles is Principal and Head of Cybersecurity at The Chertoff Group and has a 26-year career in security and public safety.

For more than a decade, Adam has helped global market-leading clients in financial services, technology, retail, logistics, consumer packaged goods and related sectors to build and sustain cybersecurity programs. He has also led multiple trust and safety engagements for online travel and transportation companies, to include assessments, design and implementation of trust and safety maturity frameworks, and validation of trust and safety practices.

Engagement Highlights:

  • Led cybersecurity program build-outs, including c-suite briefings and exercises, for market-leading clients across multiple sectors. Key themes in all engagements include threat-informed defense, cyber resilience and measuring performance with transparency, accuracy and precision.

  • Co-led converged projects advising clients on cyber-geopolitical and cyber-regulatory contingencies.

  • Assisted multiple technology and professional services clients in building post-incident cybersecurity plans.

  • Led multiple projects addressing both Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) risk.

  • Led software supply chain national security reviews for multiple global software providers.

  • Oversaw build-out of Information Sharing & Analysis Organization for leading industry association.

  • Advised multiple cyber insurance brokers and underwriters, law firms and private equity firms on managing cybersecurity risk.

  • Led trust and safety program build project for global online travel company.

  • Led review of safety data systems for market-leading peer-to-peer travel platforms.

  • Co-authored firm position paper on managing Artificial Intelligence risk.

Adam is the principal drafter for the firm’s security risk management methodology, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for SAFETY Act designation in 2017 and re-approved in 2022.

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Adam worked at Raytheon Company where he was the Director of Strategy and Policy Consulting for homeland security. Previously, Adam served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he coordinated policy decisions, including technology standards, regulations, and business rules, for numerous border, travel security, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection programs.


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Admitted in New York, Massachusetts, District of Columbia bars


J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., History, Yale University

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