The Chertoff Group’s Security Risk Management Consulting Methodology Receives Renewed SAFETY Act Designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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The proprietary methodology was developed to enable organizations to assess, mitigate and monitor physical and cyber security risks to their operations.

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"In today’s volatile security environment, it is more important than ever to validate that security controls are effective in defending against likely threats."

The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm, today announced that its Security Risk Management Consulting Methodology was approved for renewed SAFETY Act designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The proprietary methodology was developed to enable organizations to assess, mitigate and monitor physical and cyber security risks to their operations. The service helps clients assess current security measures against relevant threat scenarios, and then build out and validate that a security program effectively defends against these threats. The methodology is flexible and modular, so it can be applied to address risks specific to an organization’s unique operating environment.

The Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act was enacted by Congress in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to mitigate risk and limit liability for corporations, so they would continue to invest in security capabilities without the fear of being sued for third-party liability, in the case of another terror attack.

“In today’s volatile security environment, it is more important than ever to validate that security controls are effective in defending against likely threats. We are one of the few consultancies to achieve SAFETY Act designation, which is a testament to our commitment to risk-based security. Designation means our approach to risk management is validated to a high standard,” said Michael Chertoff, co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group. “Clients can trust our scalable and flexible approach as they navigate security risk management.”

To obtain SAFETY Act approval, The Chertoff Group had to prove that its methodology demonstrated substantial utility and effectiveness, as well as availability for immediate deployment, among other factors.

Real-world client engagements have shaped and strengthened the methodology since its initial SAFETY Act approval in 2017. The firm’s security experts continually improve the process by identifying, collecting, refining and implementing industry best practices.

SAFETY Act Background
In 2002, the U.S. Congress enacted the SAFETY Act to foster development of effective anti-terrorism capabilities by providing important legal liability protections to sellers of capabilities that could save lives in a terrorist attack. The SAFETY Act creates liability limitations for claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an act of terrorism where Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies (QATTs) have been deployed. The statute has been interpreted to apply to a broad range or combination of technologies, including both products (hardware and software), services and programs.

About Us
The Chertoff Group is a global advisory services firm that applies security expertise, technology insights, and policy intelligence to help clients build resilient organizations, gain competitive advantage and accelerate growth. Founded in 2009, we use highly qualified personnel hired from leading public sector and commercial security organizations, maintain familiarity with most leading security frameworks, and serve global Fortune 500 enterprise clients across multiple sectors. The Chertoff Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://www.chertoffgroup.com.

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