A large portion of the cyber-security talent that has drained out of the federal government in the last few months has reassembled in a new consulting firm.
Richard Clarke, John Tritak and Roger Cressey have joined together to found Good Harbor Consulting LLC, which will advise clients on homeland security, cyber-security, counterterrorism and infrastructure protection issues. All three men have extensive backgrounds in government service, and all three recently left Washington looking for greener pastures.
The trio is planning a press conference next Tuesday, at which a spokeswoman promises they will make some of “their strongest statements yet” about the nations cyber-security posture.
Clarke, most recently the chairman of the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, has held a variety of high-level government posts during the past 15 years. In addition to working at the State Department and the Pentagon, Clarke has served as the White Houses top counterterrorism official.
During his tenure at the PCIPB, he was the guiding hand behind the development of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Clarke is chairman of the new consulting venture.
Tritak, who will serve as CEO of Good Harbor, is the former director of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office and also has a law background. Tritak was a member of the PCIPB and coordinated the federal governments effort to identify and protect its critical infrastructure.
Cressey, the firms president, was Clarkes chief of staff on the PCIPB and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He was on the staff of the National Security Council for two years prior to his stint with the PCIPB.
Good Harbor, based in Arlington, Va., will advise companies on strategic planning, product and business strategy evaluation, partnership opportunities, and strategic security risk assessment, according to the firms Web site.
Since leaving the government this spring, Clarke has been an outspoken critic of the state of information security preparedness inside the Beltway and across the country.