Brian Harrell is a Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice providing clients with expert consultation on risk mitigation, protective measures, and compliance guidance for NERC CIP, CFATS, and MTSA projects.
Prior to joining 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. 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.
Furthermore, while at NERC, Brian directed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs, leading a team of CIP compliance staff, technical and security committees, along with physical security outreach.
In addition, Brian was a subject matter expert and Standard Drafting Team member for the recently approved CIP-014 physical security standard.
Before moving into the electricity market place, 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.