Michael Rohrs

Principal

Washington

Michael Rohrs leads Control Risks’ cyber consulting practice in the Americas. Based in Washington, DC, Michael has extensive experience in global information and technology risk, cyber security, crisis management, incident response, intelligence and geopolitical analysis.

  • Americas
  • Crisis Management & Business Continuity Strategy Planning
  • Cyber Vulnerability Assessment
  • Cyber Incident Response


Michael Rohrs leads Control Risks’ cyber consulting practice in the Americas. Based in Washington, DC, Michael has extensive experience in global information and technology risk, cyber security, crisis management, incident response, intelligence and geopolitical analysis.

Michael and his team advise clients on assessing, managing and responding to their information and technology risks around the world. They help those organizations develop tailored solutions to be secure, compliant and resilient based on their unique business requirements, operating environment and risk tolerance.


Examples of Michael’s experience include:
  • Advising executives across sectors in North and Latin America on making risk-driven information and technology decisions, building their cyber security and crisis management capabilities, and responding to acute incidents.
  • Coaching an international media company, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer, and a multi-national defense contractor through protracted extortion incidents, and investigating the breach of a global healthcare company.
  • Overseeing the international security of all staff and students and serving as chair of the international crisis management team at a world-renowned university.
  • Designing and delivering crisis management exercises for executives across commercial sectors, and facilitating counterterrorism exercises for the intelligence community.
  • Helping start up social media analytics and open source intelligence services for a global defense contractor.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Michael worked at CrowdStrike, where he developed cyber threat intelligence programs and provided intelligence and attribution support to incident response. Before that, Michael was contracted to the US Defense Intelligence Agency, where he wrote strategic intelligence products for senior policy-makers on state and non-state cyber units and terrorists in the Middle East and North Africa.

Michael has earned certificates as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). He is on the Board of Trustees for the non-profit organization Princeton in Asia and holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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