FTI Consulting announced that Cheryl Davis, former Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the U.S. National Security Council and Principal Director of Cyber Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has joined the firm’s cross-segment cybersecurity team as a Managing Director in its Technology segment.
Ms. Davis, who will be based in Washington, D.C., served as a senior cybersecurity policy advisor to the Trump and Obama administrations and led the development of whole-of-government responses to malicious cyber activity that threatened the United States and its allies. Ms. Davis joins a growing cybersecurity offering at FTI Consulting and will work directly with Senior Managing Director Anthony J. Ferrante, who is the former Director for Cyber Incident Response at the U.S. National Security Council.
At FTI Consulting, Ms. Cheryl Davis will assist corporate and government clients with threat prevention, incident response and remediation, system architecture and design, privacy notifications and programs, IT strategy, governance, program assessment and data security.
“Cheryl delivers the complete package of cybersecurity leadership, innovation and action. She has worked across the U.S. government to implement policies that shield our nation from foreign threats and infrastructure failures, facilitate cross-border cybersecurity agreements, further cyber technical innovation and protect private industry,” said Sophie Ross, Global Chief Executive Officer of the Technology segment at FTI Consulting. “As corporations respond to an increasingly large and varied number of cyber threats, experience such as Cheryl’s becomes vital in helping them protect against cyber incidents and implement strategies to decrease future exposure.”
Mr. Ferrante added, “I have had the pleasure of serving in two presidential administrations with Cheryl and working alongside her to protect the United States against complex cyber threats. Her experience collaborating with agencies both domestically and internationally will be a tremendous asset to corporations and law firms as they work to counter these threats and safeguard their systems.”
As a lead advisor on U.S.-China cyber matters, Ms. Cheryl Davis coordinated the implementation of the bilateral U.S.-China Four Point Agreement, which set the rules for theft of intellectual property by nation-state actors. Ms. Davis also worked across multiple branches of government, including the White House, law enforcement, national and domestic security bodies and various government agencies to develop and implement tools and policies used to meet critical cyber challenges and threats.
Before joining the Department of Homeland Security in 2012, Ms. Davis served on the staff of the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. She focused on cyber and intelligence policy issues, including those integral to the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command, which plans, synchronizes and conducts activities related to military cyberspace operations.
“We live in an era of unprecedented data accessibility, movement and vulnerability in both the corporate and government spheres,” Ms. Davis said. “Organizations are more open than ever to cyber threats that continue to evolve on a daily basis. I am excited to work with an expert team to help clients protect against and respond to these events.”