Michael Chertoff is co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm focused exclusively on security and risk management. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he led the federal government’s efforts to protect our nation from a wide range of security threats including blocking would-be terrorists from crossing the United States border or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. His greatest successes earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division where he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In addition to his role at The Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff serves as senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP.