Brian Harrell

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationB.A. in Criminal Justice
Alma materHawaii Pacific University Central Michigan University The Pennsylvania State University
  • Vice President
  • Chief Security Officer (CSO) at AVANGRID

Brian M. Harrell currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) at AVANGRID, an energy company with assets and operations in 24 states. He is responsible for AGRs physical & cybersecurity, security compliance, threat & incident management, and fire protection units. He assumed this new role in August 2020.

Brian accepted the role of Senior Fellow at the McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. He participates actively in the development and execution of the work plans of the Institute, engaging through multimedia, pursuing research, and publishing regularly on timely topics of pressing interest and concern.

Brian was appointed by the President of the United States in November 2018[1] to serve as the sixth Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the United States Department of Homeland Security.[2][3] He currently serves as the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within the newly renamed U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).[4] Harrell assumed office in December 2018.[5]

Education and career

Harrell attended Hawaii Pacific University, where he earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Harrell also holds a M.A. from Central Michigan University, as well as a M.A. in Homeland Security from The Pennsylvania State University.[6][7] Harrell most recently served as Managing Director of Enterprise Security at the Duke Energy Corporation.[6] Prior to his work at Duke Energy, Harrell was the Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).[8] While at NERC, Harrell also served as Director of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack.[5] Prior to his career in energy and electricity, he served in the United States Marine Corps[5] as an Infantryman and Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Instructor, where he conducted threat and vulnerability assessments for Department of Defense installations.[9]

Harrell was recognized as Security Magazine's Most Influential People in Security 2017,[7][5] and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University.[8]

In the media



  1. "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  2. "Cybersecurity: Brian Harrell". Fortnightly. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  3. "Public Health Preparedness webinar: "CISA's priorities for advancing critical infrastructure protection and resiliency"". Penn State Health News. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  4. "ABOUT CISA | CISA". Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Brian Harrell". Department of Homeland Security. 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Duke Energy appoints Brian Harrell to lead Enterprise Security". Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Most Influential People in Security 2017". Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Brian Harrell Named DHS Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection – Homeland Security Today". Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  9. "Articles by Brian Harrell". CSO Online. Retrieved 2020-01-02.

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