Brian Harrell was appointed by the President of the United States in November 2018 to serve as the sixth Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, at the Department of Homeland Security. Brian now serves as the Assistant Director for the newly renamed U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Brian is the former Managing Director of Enterprise Security at the Duke Energy Corporation. He is also the former Director of the Electricity ISAC and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack. Brian has spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and The Pennsylvania State University.