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Christopher Hetner

Principal, Board Advisory Solutions

Cybersecurity | Risk Management | Regulatory Compliance | Business Strategy

Senior Executive, Board Director, and Cybersecurity Leader recognized for raising cyber risk to the Corporate Board level to protect industries, infrastructures, and economies.

A collaborative and sophisticated cybersecurity strategist and leader, who combines professional judgment combined with a public company perspective and SEC regulatory and investor oversight experience to generate results in corporate and governmental environments. Works closely with Boards, Executive Management teams, and other stakeholders to:

  • Create operational resilience by aligning robust cybersecurity strategies with business objectives,
  • Use transformative thinking about cyber-risk management, cybersecurity policy, and regulatory compliance to embrace change and become cultures of action and collaboration,
  • Establish governance and risk management structures aligned with strategy and business objectives, while integrating resilience into corporate DNA, and
  • Consistently elevate the issue of enterprise-wide preparedness and continuity.

Provides expert cybersecurity knowledge to senior stakeholders at the highest levels of the government and large enterprises.

  • Previously served as the Senior Cybersecurity Advisor to the Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and as Head of Cybersecurity for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination at the SEC.
  • Represented the Chair of the SEC as a senior member of the US Department of the Treasury Financial Banking Information Infrastructure Committee.
  • Implemented the Cybersecurity framework, which improved the National Examination Program’s ability to monitor and respond to cyber risks and threats across the US Securities market.
  • Developed the vision for and implemented the first agency-wide cybersecurity governance structure, threat intelligence program, and incident response capabilities.
  • Led efforts across financial, regulatory, and government agencies to enhance Cybersecurity coordination in the financial services sector.
  • Previously held the roles of Global Chief Information Security Officer at GE Capital and Senior Vice President Information Security at Citi.

Serves as Special Advisor for Cyber Risk for the NACD, Chair Cybersecurity and Privacy for the NASDAQ Center for Board Excellence, a member of the Board of Directors for Simulint, and a Research Affiliate with MIT Sloan School of Management.

Holds certifications including ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and the ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Holds a high-level USA security clearance.


MS, Information Assurance, Norwich University, cum laude

BS in Security Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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