Mark Weatherford, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, is returning to the private sector. In two emails, he told friends, colleagues and DHS staff that he's joining The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides consulting, risk management and merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory services.
According to an internal email, Weatherford's last day will be April 12. I contacted Weatherford this afternoon and he gave me the OK to share the email he sent to friends and colleagues. It reads:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
After considerable thought and soul searching, I have decided to leave my role at Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS.
My time in the federal government has been incredibly rewarding and we made progress many called impossible two years ago, but the pull to return to the private sector has been strong.
Working at DHS has not been without its challenges but the people here have made it all worthwhile. Government employees rarely get the credit they deserve but I can assure you that the people I’ve worked with at DHS are some of the most dedicated and selfless individuals in the world and deserve a great deal of credit for keeping our nation safe day in and day out.
I’ve accepted a position with The Chertoff Group where I’ll be helping expand their security footprint across the globe. I look forward to staying in touch with each of you.
In a press release, The Chertoff Group praised Weatherford's accomplishments and called him an important addition to the organization:
Mr. Weatherford will help expand our consulting and security services lines of business which offer clients trusted advice and expertise on how to effectively manage risk, build more resilient organizations, and deliver innovative products and services to the market place that truly help mitigate today’s persistent threats. His work at The Chertoff Group will begin on May 1.
“Mark is an incredible thought leader in the world of cybersecurity, having spent decades tackling the most challenging information technology and network security issues facing government and critical infrastructure,” said Michael Chertoff, Chairman and Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary. “His innovative ideas, trusted leadership and proven experience in the security field match our firm’s already assembled team of professionals and will no doubt be of great value to our clients. We are very excited to have him joining our team.”
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