Michael Chertoff - Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 15:45

You are invited to watch a webcast of the CREATE Distinguished Speakers Series, featuring Michael Chertoff and his lecture about "Emerging Threats to our Nation's Security," hosted by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), a DHS Center of Excellence, at USC on November 4, 2010.

Emerging Threats to our Nation's Security
Michael Chertoff Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

November 4, 2010
10:00 a.m.
University of Southern California


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Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff discusses these emerging threats and how we must adapt in order to protect our nation's interests and security in the 21st century. While al Qaida remains the most imminent and active threat in the minds of many Americans today, we must not take our attention away from other significant dangers around the world and the growing threat they pose to our future. While these threats are still evolving, there is a continuing nexus between terrorism and organized crime resulting in significant capabilities, active operations, and greater financing to bring about deadly operations toward American interests and others around the world.

As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines - because the important news is what didn't happen.

At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. "Risk management has become the CEO's concern," he says. "We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business."

Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, 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 (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.