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Michael S. Rogers - Brunswick Group. Washington, DC, US

Michael S. Rogers

Senior Advisor, Washington, D.C. | Brunswick Group


Michael Rogers advises in the areas of cyber security, privacy, geopolitics, technology and intelligence as well as crisis management.


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How can preparing for a cyber attack protect my company's reputation?

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For the company’s top management it is important to understand the implications of digital risk and to develop appropriate organisational and communication precautions. Once a data leak has been detected, the extent, duration and depth of the attack are far from clear. This ongoing uncertainty poses a great challenge for communications. In addition, unexpected developments or even media enquiries are to be expected, which will require a rapid evaluation and an appropriate reaction. To be able to (re-)act accordingly, a lean, coordinated and flexible crisis team is necessary, which coordinates with the top management. A consistent silence from the company would however mean long term reputation damage and scare off customers and other relevant stakeholders.

Can any business be the target of a cyber attack?

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Anyone with data can be a targetConsider this scenario: a hack into the interconnected systems controlling major office buildings causes chaos by triggering fire sprinklers, creating sauna-like temperatures and manipulating critical equipment. “It’s not something that real estate investors really had to think about before, but it’s definitely on our radar screens now,” says Tom Murray, a Principal Partner at New Mill Capital, a real estate investment firm.No business that stores or transmits information is immune from cyber attack. Some sectors have so far avoided data breach headlines, but threats and risks continue to increase.Sectors with little history of attacks are often at greater risk. Recent reported hacks in the computer systems of cars, and even a jet’s in-flight entertainment system, shook the transportation sector. In 2016, hackers manipulated a US water treatment plant. A year earlier, a German steel mill reported massive damage after an attack disabled blast furnace controls. Surprising targets include small businesses and nonprofits.“Ask these questions,”Do we use computers? Do we use the internet? Do we create or handle data? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are a viable target for the bad guys.

How can organizations meet consumers cybersecurity expectations?

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There are three things companies can do to better meet consumer expectations:Use a cross-functional team To create an integrated data narrative, you need to involve wide representation from across the company. Keep security front and center Your safeguards are a critical part of your message. And remember: when you say “privacy,” consumers hear “security.”Prepare When bad things happen in the cyber realm, companies have to assume they will be blamed. Prepare now, to reduce the potential reputational harm.





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Inside View: How Are Reporters and the Corporate Sector Talking About Cybersecurity Remarks by Admiral Michael S. Rogers Ideas for Tomorrow: Admiral Michael Rogers - Presentation Adm. Michael Rogers: Facing The New Threat Landscape



Admiral Rogers joined Brunswick in July 2019 following a 37 year career in the U.S. Navy and is a senior advisor to the firm in the areas of cyber security, privacy, geopolitics, technology and intelligence as well as crisis management and the challenges of leading large organizations in a democratic society in the digital age.

Mike retired from the Navy in 2018 after rising to the rank of four star admiral. He culminated his career with a four plus year stint serving simultaneously as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency – creating the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) then newest large war fighting organization and leading the U.S. government’s largest intelligence organization. In those roles he worked extensively with the leadership of the U.S. government, the DoD, and the U.S. Intelligence community as well as their international counterparts in the conduct of cyber and intelligence activity across the globe. He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence and technology – including extensive work with corporate leadership in the finance, IT, telecommunications and technology sectors.

Mike is a graduate of Auburn University and also holds a Masters of Science in National Security. He is a distinguished graduate of the National war College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College. He is also an MIT Seminar XXI fellow and a Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alum.

Areas of Expertise (7)

National Security

Crisis Management


Cyber Security

Intelligence and Counter Intelligence

National Policy Advising


Education (2)

Naval War College: M.S., National Security

Auburn University: B.A. 1981

Affiliations (1)

  • United States Naval Institute, Board of Directors

Media Appearances (7)

Covid-19 is an accelerator, not disruptor, says former NSA Director



“Covid-19 is less a disruptive event, and more an accelerator event,” said Michael S. Rogers when speaking at Mind The Tech New York 2020. The former Director of the NSA joined Team8 Capital as an investment advisor right when the world was stopped in its tracks due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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Transcript: Adm. Mike Rogers on "Face the Nation," October 18, 2020

CBS News  


ROGERS: So we need to be ready for a result that doesn't come out that same night. The last two points I would make, I think, remember, our system allows for legal challenges, legal challenges to process, legal challenges to outcome. That doesn't happen historically all that often at presidential levels, but it often happens at congressional and other levels. We need to let that process play out. And lastly, remember, there's time built into this process. States do not actually have to complete the certification process until the middle of December. So let's just be calm. Let's participate. Let's do it peacefully without violence, and then let's let this system play out just as it has for almost two and a half centuries.

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Coronavirus: US laptops and home devices are exposed to cyberattacks as millions stay home

South China Morning Post  


“The conditions are really heightened right now to enable bad actors to have a higher probability of success in gaining access via cyberattacks,” said Mike Rogers, a retired admiral and former director of the US National Security Agency.

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The US can’t use Cold War tactics to engage with China, says former NSA head Michael Rogers



“Many of our potential adversaries are very focused on conflict in the ‘gray zone,’” Rogers said, or “gaining advantage on the United States that does not trip an armed response from the United States.”

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Former NSA Director and Commander of US Cyber Command Mike Rogers Joins Cybersecurity Foundry Team8 as a Senior Advisor

PR Newswire  


"I've worked with the highly talented resources of Unit 8200 in the past and so when I had the opportunity to join Team8, I knew this was a rare and valued opportunity,' said Mike Rogers. "Alongside their know-how, foresight and extraordinary capabilities in aligning with leading global organizations, I'm most impressed with how Team8's model brings teams together to solve tangible problems that fundamentally make a difference to how enterprises operate in the face of cyber threats."

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Ex-NSA chief says he never discussed collusion with Trump

CBS News  


Rogers, who retired from his dual-hatted role and the Navy on June 1 after serving during both the Obama and Trump administrations, also said he wished Mr. Trump had pushed back more firmly on Russian president Vladimir Putin during the Helsinki summit held in July. "I thought there was an opportunity there that I wish we had taken advantage of," Rogers said. "I thought that could have sent a very powerful message."

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NSA director Mike Rogers’s remarkable comments about Trump’s Russia efforts — or lack thereof

The Washington Post  


“What I see on the Cyber Command side leads me to believe that if we don’t change the dynamic here, that this is going to continue, and 2016 won’t be viewed as isolated,” Rogers said. “This is something that will be sustained over time.”

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Articles (3)

Deployment: WFH

| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2020)

Each workday, a member of our vacated Washington office writes a letter to colleagues working from home. These notes often combine inspiration, philosophy and humor with favorite books, recipes and TV shows.

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The View From Davos

| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2020)

Another year, another Davos. Every year there are meta-themes and subsidiary themes that occupy the global elite in the Congress Centre and the many meetings around town.

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Admiral Mike Rogers, USN (ret) joins Brunswick as a Senior Advisor on Cybersecurity, Technology, Geopolitical and Crisis Issues

| Brunswick Group Perspectives (2019)

Admiral Mike Rogers, USN (ret) has joined Brunswick Group as a Senior Advisor in our Washington D.C. office, where he will advise clients on issues such as Cybersecurity, Geopolitical matters, Technology, Telecommunications, and Crisis.

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