Brian Harrell, CPP is a Director in the Risk Management, Compliance and Security Team of Navigant’s Energy Practice providing energy companies with expert consultation on risk mitigation, protective measures, and compliance guidance for NERC CIP, CFATS and MTSA projects.
Prior to Navigant, Brian was the Director of the NERC Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC) and was charged with leading NERC’s efforts to provide timely threat and risk information to over 1900 bulk power system owners/operators and government stakeholders. In addition, Brian was a subject matter expert and Standard Drafting Team member for the recently approved CIP-014 physical security standard. Brian led many key initiatives at NERC including the creation of the Grid Security Exercise (GridEx), Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) physical security guidance documents, and helped position NERC as a leader in substation security. During Brian’s time at NERC, he was also the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs, where he led CIP compliance staff, the CIPC technical committee, security training, and physical security outreach. Prior to NERC, Brian was the CIP Manager for the SERC Reliability Corporation, where he oversaw security related matters for the region.
Before coming to the electricity sector, Brian was the Sector Security Specialist for the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Brian specialized in securing high risk chemical facilities and Continuity of Operations (COOP) for DHS. Brian also served in the US Marine Corps as an Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Instructor providing threat assessments for DOD military installations, small-arms expertise, and security force management.
Brian was recently awarded the 2014 GovSec “Gov30” award, recognizing 30 leaders for their contributions to the federal, state, or local government security community. Brian has an MA from Central Michigan University and Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Hawaii Pacific University. He is also board certified in security management.
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