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Former acting CBP director named to Converus Advisory Board
LEHI, UT June 29, 2017 Jayson Ahern, an expert in homeland and border security management, is the newest member of the Converus Advisory Board. As a 33-year law enforcement professional and the former acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Department of Homeland Security, Ahern was responsible for securing, managing and controlling our nation's borders.
"Converus has done a remarkable job of creating technology that can help the U.S. government meet today's difficult challenges in keeping our homeland secure and safe from internal and external threats," said Ahern. "EyeDetect would be a powerful, effective tool that will streamline the vetting process for U.S. federal agencies. It's one of the most impressive credibility assessment tools I've ever seen."
Ahern is currently a principal and head of security services at The Chertoff Group, a Washington, D.C.-based global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. He advises clients on a broad range of issues, including homeland and border security management, global commerce and supply chain security, critical infrastructure protection, and strategic planning and implementation.
"There are significant vetting-related challenges within the federal government that EyeDetect can address immediately. Some agencies are backlogged for months due to existing vetting processes while other agencies are foregoing periodic monitoring due to cost and insufficient vetting resources. For example, agencies like CBP and ICE are looking to hire 5,000 to 10,000 additional agents," said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. "EyeDetect is the only credibility assessment technology that can help the federal government quickly, accurately and cost-effectively vet a large group of people."
Mickelsen says EyeDetect — the only lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors — is ideal for screening immigrants and refugees, as well as federal government employees and contractors, because the automated test is unbiased, accurate and nonintrusive.
Ahern joins existing Converus Advisory Board members and credibility assessment experts Don Krapohl, Charles Honts, Ph.D. and Darryl Bullens, as well as deception detection expert and bestselling author Pamela Meyer.