Michael Rohrs

Associate Director

Washington

Michael Rohrs is an Associate Director for Control Risks’ information security practice in the Americas, based in Washington, DC. Michael has extensive experience in intelligence and information security, specializing in strategic intelligence, cyber threat intelligence, and information security program development.

  • Americas
  • Creating a Resilient Organisation
  • Resolving Critical Issues and Crises
  • Creating a Secure Organisation
  • Creating a Compliant Organisation

 

Michael Rohrs is an Associate Director for Control Risks’ information security practice in the Americas, based in Washington, DC. Michael has extensive experience in intelligence and information security, specializing in strategic intelligence, cyber threat intelligence, and information security program development.

Michael focuses on developing tailored solutions for clients as part of a comprehensive information security and risk strategy. He helps clients understand their most likely threats and hazards, the potential impact to their organization, and to develop mitigations unique to the organization’s environment, business requirements, and risk tolerance. This work often includes strategic planning, threat assessment, risk evaluation, incident response, crisis management, intelligence integration, and improving operational maturity.


Michael’s recent projects include:
  • Providing investigation and attribution support following the breach of a healthcare company.
  • Training Fortune 100 companies in the commercial aviation, insurance, and manufacturing sectors on designing and developing their cyber threat intelligence, information security, and incident response programs.
  • Designing and delivering executive exercises for global investment banks, focused on a sophisticated and targeted attack.


    Prior to joining Control Risks, Michael was a Senior Consultant at a leading cyber security company. He ran threat intelligence and information security program development engagements for major clients in the United States and Canada. Before that, Michael was an intelligence analyst contracted to several agencies in the US government. He regularly shares his expertise at conferences and events.

Michael is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He is proficient in Spanish and is learning Arabic.

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