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Mark Weatherford: The Veteran

Lauren Gibbons Paul | Oct. 24, 2013
Weatherford, a principal at The Chertoff Group, understands security from both governmental and commercial perspectives

He was pleasantly surprised at the dedication of the people working in the DHS cybersecurity and communications organization. "They do a lot with not a lot," he says.

Figuring out how to share information between agencies and departments was a major part of his role. To do it, Weatherford worked on the National Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (NCIC), whose job is to coordinate cybersecurity across the government-law enforcement, FBI, Secret Service, Department of Defense, private sector, states, and so on.

"It was refreshing. People who would never know each other or talk to each other would interact on a daily basis," says Weatherford. "This group had been very immature and not functioning well. We helped turn it into a high-performance machine." He credits his team for their work.

Leading up to the presidential election last year, Weatherford started looking around to see what else was out there, in case of regime change. The opportunities he saw were so exciting that he decided to make a move regardless of whether Obama got re-elected.

"I was like a kid in a candy store. I was ready to go back to the private sector," he says.

As he looked at different companies, ranging from startups to large enterprises, he crossed the latter off the list.

"I didn't want to get back into a bureaucracy."

Consulting presented itself as the opportunity that would allow much more flexibility and autonomy. He joined The Chertoff Group in April this year.

"Most of my life, I have done operational jobs. I just wanted to do something different. I wanted to focus on cybersecurity and work with clients around the world. It has been an interesting transition," he says.

"What I enjoy the most is getting to work with a lot of different companies. The companies that are calling us really need my help," he says. "I am able to both satisfy my security jones and help companies from a strategic perspective.

"It's been an interesting career. Who knows what else is in my future?"


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