who we are_headers_paul ferrillo

Paul Ferrillo focuses his practice on cybersecurity corporate governance issues, and assists clients with governance, disclosure, and regulatory matters relating to their cybersecurity postures and the regulatory requirements which govern them.

Paul represents clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, apparel, financial services, investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, energy, oil and gas, and real estate.

He is also the author of Navigating the Cybersecurity Storm: A Guide for Directors and Officers (Advisen 2015) and Co-Author of Take Back Control of Your Cybersecurity Now: Game Changing Concepts on AI and Cyber Governance Solutions for Executives (Advisen 2017).



Who We Are_Headers_James Loy

In 2005, Admiral James Loy completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified Cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency.

Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Admiral Loy served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as Under Secretary for Security. In these roles, he served as the first administrator of the newly created TSA, which is responsible for protecting the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Admiral Loy retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, having served as its Commandant since May 1998. As head of the 90,000 person organization, he restored readiness through workforce development and modernized the Coast Guard’s fleet of ships and aircraft.

Prior to his service as Commandant, Admiral Loy served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998, during which time he redesigned the headquarters management structure and overhauled the Coast Guard planning and budgeting process to focus more sharply on performance and results. From 1994 to 1996, he was Commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, supervising U.S. forces during the mass Haitian and Cuban migrations of 1994, and leading Coast Guard forces participating in Operation Restore Democracy.

A career seagoing officer, Admiral Loy has served tours aboard six Coast Guard cutters, including command of a patrol boat in combat during the Vietnam War and command of major cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His military commendations and civilian honors are numerous, including the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal; four Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Bronze Star with Combat “V”; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Naval Order of the United States’ Distinguished Sea Service Award, the Seaman’s Church Institute Silver Bell Award, the Navy League prestigious Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award, the Intrepid Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other distinctions. Admiral Loy graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and holds Master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island. Admiral Loy is a member of the Board of Directors of RIVADA Networks, Inc.


who we are_headers_starnes walker

Dr. Starnes Walker is the founding director of the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative and professor of electrical and computer engineering. The UDCSI focuses on corporate cybersecurity, addressing present and emerging cyberthreats. It has a special emphasis on the banking/financial, energy, chemical, telecom and the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, incorporating advances in education and research, as well as training and certification programs for the corporate workforce and government professionals.

Prior to this appointment, Walker served as the chief technology officer and technical director in standing up the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, U.S. Navy. His earlier government senior executive service/SES positions included Department of Homeland Security’s director of research, Department of Navy’s Office of Naval Research’s executive director and chief scientist, and standing up the Defense Threat Reduction Agency as senior advisor for science and technology.

Additionally, he served as Argonne National Laboratory’s first associate laboratory director of national security, with a career spanning the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Energy and the IC. As a former member of the SES, Walker served as a standing member of the Defense Science and Technology Advisory Group for the Director of Defense, Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense , along with the S&T executives of the services, DIA, DARPA and MDA.

In these positions, he developed critical programs and aligned strategic defense, homeland security and intelligence organizations across the United States and around the globe while forging key partnerships with the U.K., Australia, Singapore, Israel, Sweden, the EU and NATO. Earlier industry posts included Morrison Knudsen’s vice president of technology and Phillips Petroleum’s corporate environmental director. He advanced to senior research associate, focusing on refining/petrochemical plant process operations, magnetic confinement fusion at General Atomics, alternate energy processes, biotechnology with The Salk Institute, and starting as a physicist at the Naval Weapons Center-China Lake.

During his tenure with government, Walker led a number of strategic initiatives. These posts include an appointment by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to serve as chairman for the joint laboratory board of the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization. Walker served as a member of the executive steering group to establish the Joint Technology Office-High Energy Laser Program under the auspices of DoD’s Under Secretary-AT&L. Walker now serves as a standing member of the Air Force Studies Board and the Intelligence Board of the National Academies and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group.

Walker is now a member of Purdue University’s Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council, a senior advisor to NNSA’s National Security Campus (Kansas City Plant) and earlier as a member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Strategic Advisory Group board. Walker serves as the founding chairman of the Engineering Development Board of the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) and was a Member-US Air Force Cyber Vision 2025 Senior Expert Review. Earlier, Walker served as the science advisor to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as led the tritium production program at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. As a senior executive service member in helping to stand up DTRA, Walker was the recipient of the distinguished DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He is a recipient of the R&D 100 Award and is widely published in the fields of physics, chemistry, optics and signal processing, with numerous patents issued. He was a Navy fellow and recipient of three consecutive Naval Weapons Fellowship awards. Walker is a member of the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society and The Cosmos Club.

Walker holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of California and an honorary degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Active Clearances: DoD TS/SCI w poly, DOE “Q”


who we are_headers_michael brown

Michael Brown, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired) is the Founder and President, Spinnaker Security LLC, a cybersecurity consulting business focused on understanding, identifying and mitigating business risks associated with cybersecurity. Additionally, Brown brings executive leadership, including crisis management, from both a public and private sector experience. Just prior to this position, he was President, RSA Federal LLC and Vice President/General Manager Global Public Sector of RSA Security LLC. Responsibilities also included RSA IT, Security and Enterprise Risk Management portfolios. RSA is part of Dell Technologies and formerly of EMC.

Brown joined RSA after a career of more than 31 years in the United States Navy. During his career, he had significant leadership positions within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security regarding cybersecurity. Brown’s last position on active duty was as the Director, Cybersecurity Coordination for DHS where he was responsible for increasing interdepartmental collaboration in strategic planning for the Nation’s cybersecurity, mutual support for cybersecurity capabilities development, and synchronization of current operational cybersecurity mission activities for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He also served as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, Acting Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications and as the Assistant Deputy Director Joint Interagency Task Force for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Brown’s naval career included numerous staff, afloat and joint positions. He also had various leadership positions, including command of the Naval Information Warfare Activity.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, he also has a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in National and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and was a designated Acquisition Professional.


Who We Are_Headers_Jay-COHEN

Innovative problem solving and science and technology have always been among Jay M. Cohen’s strong points: Early in his naval career he mastered Nuclear Power Training and later commanded a nuclear submarine. He followed that with stints as a senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet; command of a major surface ship, Director of the Navy Y2K Project Office; and Chief of Naval Research. At DHS, Rear Admiral Cohen assumed responsibility for evaluating, procuring and coordinating the department’s science and technology assets as well as responsibility across the 22 components of DHS for test and evaluation.

He will provide the same kind of insightful scientific and technological expertise to clients of Chertoff Group – expertise that goes far beyond typical recommendations for application of both proven technology and cutting edge solutions.

Starting in 2000, as Chief of Naval Research, Rear Admiral Cohen was the Department of the Navy’s Chief Technology Officer in wartime, responsible for the Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology Program to rapidly meet combat technology needs.

Rear Admiral Cohen received his commission as an ensign in 1968 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a degree in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT.


who we are_headers_paul becker

Rear Admiral Paul Becker is a senior executive with a unique combination of business, military and leadership experience. He’s successfully developed and implemented Cyber Security, Risk Management, Strategic Growth and Talent Development plans for large, diverse international teams. Following a career as an Intelligence Officer with service in complex, unpredictable environments, he founded a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in 2016. The Becker T3 Group focuses on risk management, business intelligence, innovation and improving organizational performance. Paul holds a TS/SCI clearance and has an outstanding network of national security leaders. In 2016-17, Paul led the Presidential Transition’s Intelligence Community Landing Team which provided policy input, strategic guidance and operational counsel to a new administration.  

Specific military service includes; Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was the principal intelligence advisor to the Chairman who provided direct military advice to the President, the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan, the Commanding Officer of the Department of Defense’s largest Joint Intelligence Operations Center and an Assistant Naval Attaché to France.

He’s successfully managed multi-million dollar budgets, led large, high performance teams through critical startups, organizational restructuring and fast track growth.   Paul is a Board Member with the U.S. Naval Academy’s Jewish Chapel and is on the Board of Advisors for The Intelligence Community Inc., the Cyber Security Forum Initiative and Beam Renewable Energy.  He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Defense Industrial Association and the Council on Foreign Relations. Paul holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. A dynamic public speaker and author, his articles and presentations have been widely published.

Rear Admiral Becker is the recipient of the National Intelligence Community and Department of  Defense’s Distinguished Service Medals, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Naval Intelligence Community recognized RADM Becker in 2016 by establishing the “Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity” leadership award in his honor.


Who We Are_Headers_Bernard-Groseclose

Bernard S. Groseclose has had an over 30-year career in the port and maritime transportation industry during which he has served as president and CEO of one of the largest U.S. container ports; as a consultant and advisor to other ports in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Haiti, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Peru, and Nigeria; as an officer and director of both national and international ports associations; and, as a transportation infrastructure policy advocate.  

As President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority for over 12 years, he was responsible for the overall management, operational performance and capital expansion of one of the U.S.’s largest container ports, handling up to two million TEUs of containerized cargo per year, as well as breakbulk, bulk, and roll-on/roll-off cargo, and thousands of cruise ship passengers, through eight terminal facilities in three port cities along the state’s coastline.  Under his leadership, the Port of Charleston was recognized by its customers as the most efficient and productive port in the U.S. and among the top in the world.

Since 2009, Mr. Groseclose has been employed as a consultant and advisor on a variety of port and maritime-related projects in the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.  He has worked both independently, and also briefly as Director, Maritime & Seaport Operations for GDS, LLC where he managed projects in Brazil, Nigeria and Jordan dealing with new port development, vessel traffic management systems, port security technology, and integrated port community information systems.  His independent work has included feasibility studies for port development projects in the U.S., Brazil and Panama, expert witness testimony in port/tenant legal disputes, advisory services for developers of logistics and distribution centers, and consulting on port management and governance; and he has facilitated reverse trade missions sponsored by the U.S. Trade & Development Agency for delegations of port and government officials from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Panama and Peru.

Mr. Groseclose is currently serving as Technical Adviser to Port Notel Ltd., a private company collaborating with the Nigerian government to develop a multi-purpose industrial deep seaport in eastern Nigeria; and, as a Director of Piacentini Costruzioni USA, an affiliate of Piacentini Costruzioni S.p.a., an Italian industrial construction and engineering firm specializing in port work.

He has also held key leadership positions in the global port industry.  From 2005 to 2006, he served as Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) representing public ports of the Western Hemisphere including the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.  He served as a Vice President of the International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) from 2005 to 2009, and on its board for over twelve years. He previously was selected to represent the U.S. port sector on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and also as a member of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council for the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  He was also President of the South Atlantic & Caribbean Ports Association for three years.

Mr. Groseclose received his B.A. in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and his M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary.