Security's Most Influential People in Security 2019 - Roger Cressey
Co-Founder of Liberty Group Ventures
Roger Cressey is a partner with Liberty Group Ventures, LLC. He most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the firm’s cybersecurity practice in the Middle East. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he was president and founder of Good Harbor Consulting LLC, a security and risk management consulting firm.
Cressey’s government service includes senior cybersecurity and counterterrorism positions in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. At the White House, he served as Chief of Staff of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. He also served as Deputy for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of U.S. counterterrorism policy and managed the U.S. Government response to multiple terrorism incidents, including the Millennium terror alert, the USS COLE attack, and the September 11 attacks. For 10 years, he served as an on-air counterterrorism analyst with several national news programs. His commentary has appeared in numerous domestic and international radio and print outlets.
Prior to his White House service, Cressey served in the Department of Defense and Department of State. His overseas experience includes serving with the U.S. Embassy in Israel and with UN peacekeeping operations in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. While in the former Yugoslavia, Cressey was part of a United Nations team that planned the successful capture of the first individual indicted for war crimes in Croatia.
His career advice is, “Know your portfolio and become a true subject matter expert in whatever task or mission you are given. Show humility, be willing to do any assignment and support others in their assignments. If you demonstrate leadership, expertise and sound judgement, you will be rewarded and you will have a long and successful career. Most of all, remember that this profession is a bipartisan one and you should stay above the political fray.”