Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and former secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security.



Michael Chertoff is a distinguished fellow at CIGI, where he focuses on cybersecurity. Michael was also a commissioner with CIGI’s Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Prior to joining CIGI, Michael served as secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, where he led the government’s efforts to protect the United States from a range of security threats, including cybersecurity and border threats.

Earlier he served as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as head of the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

Michael currently serves as the executive chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm that provides business strategy, risk management, and mergers and acquisition advisory services to clients seeking to secure and grow their enterprises. 

He is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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