Former Obama Administration Cybersecurity Advisor Joins CommCore

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Gregory Michaelidis Will Counsel PR Firm Clients on Cyber Crisis Communications

In a cybersecurity incident, effective crisis communications is measured in seconds and minutes, not hours and days.

Gregory Michaelidis, a former Department of Homeland Security advisor on cybersecurity issues in the Obama Administration, has joined CommCore as a cybersecurity communications consultant.

Michaelidis will work with CommCore’s crisis team to assess the communications readiness of organizations to anticipate and respond to cybersecurity attacks, data breaches, and other security incidents. He will also provide crisis counsel and assistance for media and internal and external stakeholder communications.

“Greg brings access to the best counsel and support when dealing specifically with cyber-related communications,” said CommCore CEO and President Andrew Gilman. “When a cybersecurity incident goes public in our interconnected world, effective crisis communications is measured in seconds and minutes, not hours and days.”

“I’m excited to join CommCore’s ranks of skilled consultants. As more organizations have suffered cyber incidents, we also know more about helping them with smart planning ahead of time, and quick response when something happens” Michaelidis said.

In the Obama Administration, Michaelidis focused on cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and community resilience communications at the Department of Homeland Security. He previously served as Director of Speechwriting at DHS. Before that, Michaelidis spent a decade developing policy campaigns at a major public research university, think tanks, and a public affairs firm.

He is a Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow at New America and a Truman National Security Fellow. He also holds BA and MA degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

About CommCore
CommCore Consulting Group is a privately held specialty communications firm serving businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations around the world. The company specializes in strategic and tactical communications development and implementation across all industry sectors, organizational crisis planning and response, executive media and presentation training, message development, and internal communications skill development. CommCore is led by its president and CEO, Andrew D. Gilman—a lawyer, award-winning journalist, and co-author of the best-selling book Get to the Point. CommCore is headquartered in Washington D.C., and has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

For more information about CommCore Consulting please call 202-659-4177 or visit

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