Adam Isles


The Chertoff Group

Adam Isles is a Principal at The Chertoff Group, where he helps clients manage security and safety risk.  Representative projects have included cybersecurity risk diagnostics, security strategy development, security resourcing studies, framework development, exercises, senior management training, penetration tests, security audits, and related briefings to senior management and Boards of Directors.

He is also principal drafter for the firm’s security risk management methodology, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for SAFETY Act designation in 2017.

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Adam worked at Raytheon Company where he was the Director of Strategy and Policy Consulting for homeland security.  Previously, Adam served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2007-2009.  At DHS, he coordinated policy decisions, including on technology standards, regulations, and business rules, for numerous border, travel security, and critical infrastructure protection programs.

Before joining DHS, Adam served at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he started his legal career as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division in 1997. From 2002-2003, he was a Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council.  From 1998-2001, he was also secretary of the G8 High-tech Crime Experts Group.

Areas of Focus
  • Cyber Defense, Risk Management and Business Case Development
  • Software Lifecycle Security
  • Safety and Security Program Evaluation
Recent Engagements:
  • Led cyber defense program development engagements for market-leading clients in financial technology, business technology, retail, and manufacturing sectors
  • Led software supply chain reviews for multiple global software providers
  • Oversaw build-out of Information Sharing & Analysis Organization for leading industry association
  • Led review of safety data systems for market-leading peer-to-peer travel platforms
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Admitted in New York, Massachusetts, District of Columbia bars
  • D., Harvard Law School
  • A., History, Yale University