The National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College today announced the appointment of two new Fellows, Bray Barnes and Robert A. Bell. Barnes is the founder and principal of Security Evaluation and Solutions Group, LLC (SESG). Bell serves as SESG’s emergency management consultant.
Both appointees have extensive expertise in the areas of intelligence analysis, law enforcement, emergency services and homeland security. As Fellows, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Bell are expected to provide regular consultation and thought leadership contributions to the institute’s expanding content platform, which currently includes a webinar series, podcast and blog. In addition, SESG will now offer face-to-face training at NCI’s headquarters in Washington DC in the following areas; intelligence analyst and medical analyst.
“We look forward to both Mr. Barnes’ and Mr. Bell’s contribution to NCI’s growing body of content knowledge and expertise within the vast realm of cybersecurity,” said Dr. Jane LeClair, COO, NCI.
Bray Barnes founded SESG to meet a critical homeland security need: specialized services in education and training, emergency management preparedness and planning, and intelligence analyst training. A U.S. Army veteran who served as an officer in the Vietnam War, Barnes has nearly 40 years of legal and law enforcement experience. Most recently, Barnes served as member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Focus Group, as an adjunct professor and course developer for Ocean County College, and as a member of the institution’s Presidential Leadership Team.
Before arriving in academia, he served as director (Senior Executive Service) for DHS. And, during the tenure of President George W. Bush, Barnes was nominated and appointed to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center. He earned an Associate in Science degree from Brookdale Community College, a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Robert A. Bell, a retired United States Marine, served 25 years with the New Jersey State Police before transitioning into the private sector, first as a security manager for a Fortune 500 company and following that as a senior emergency management specialist for New Jersey’s largest health care system. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology from Thomas Edison State College, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Kean University, and an Master of Science in Emergency Management and Business Continuity from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.