Analytic Director for Security Risk at CENTRA Technology, Inc. Mr. French has supported the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security in counterintelligence, infrastructure protection, and risk analysis since 1999. At the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center, Mr. French managed multiple teams that addressed threats to infrastructure, including cyber threats to industrial control systems. Mr. French helped FBI establish its cyber counterintelligence program —with its applications in information warfare and critical infrastructure protection; he has contributed not only innovative analysis but also academic rigor to the field. His teams created the NIPC guidance on risk management and on SCADA security. While at FBI, Mr. French led the intelligence review for the U.S.–Canadian Taskforce on the Power Outage.
Mr. French has also provided support to DoD’s Counterintelligence Field Activity as a lead analyst for its Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, where he examined issues related to DoD reliance on civilian infrastructure. There, he assisted DoD in identifying OPSEC concerns, vulnerabilities in information security, and risks to mission critical infrastructure.
Mr. French has supported DHS in multiple capacities, such as its Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center, and the Counterintelligence Programs Division, and the Science and Technology Directorate. He has been responsible for strategic risk analysis—including the development and review of risk analysis methodologies—and for supporting interagency efforts on risk related to foreign investment. He is currently supporting multiple efforts by providing subject matter expertise in risk modeling, threat analysis, and counterintelligence.
M.A., National Security Studies, Georgetown University, 1994
B.A., History, Wichita State University, 1993