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Brian Nussbaum

Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Cyber Threats, Infrastructure Protection, Intelligence Analysis and Risk Assessment, State and Local Homeland Security

The World Within Reach
Brian Nussbaum
Assistant Professor
 

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Address:
Richardson Hall 289
Phone:
518-442-5781

 

Introduction

Dr. Brian Nussbaum is an assistant professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany. He focuses on cybersecurity and cyber threats, terrorism and terrorism analysis, homeland security, risk and intelligence analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. He also serves as a fellow of the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School, and a senior fellow with the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at George Washington University.

Dr. Nussbaum formerly served as senior intelligence analyst with the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT), a part of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). He oversaw both terrorism and cyber threat analysis efforts at New York's designated state fusion center, the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC). Dr. Nussbaum served as a subject matter expert on international terrorism, and helped to create NYSIC's Cyber Analysis Unit (CAU). He worked for almost a decade in New York State's homeland security agencies and was the author and project lead on the New York State risk-based funding formula, a formula that was used to distribute over $300 million dollars in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds between 2006 and 2014.

Additionally, Dr. Nussbaum served as the first-ever Visiting Professor of Homeland Defense in the Strategic Wargaming Division at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, part of the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA (2012-2013). As such, he has experience in war gaming, simulation, and professional education incorporating interactive and active-learning techniques.

Nussbaum received his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University at Albany and BA in Political Science from Binghamton University. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Global Crime, and the Journal of Applied Security Research.

CEHC Courses Taught

Introduction to Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity - C EHC 101
Topics - The Politics of Transnational Organized Crime - R PAD 399
Terrorism and Political Violence R PAD - 554
Homeland Security Risk Management R PAD - 546

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Emergency Preparedness
Homeland Security
Cybersecurity

CEHC Research Interests

Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Cyber Threats, Infrastructure Protection, Intelligence Analysis and Risk Assessment, State and Local Homeland Security.

Relevant Background

Currently serves as:
Senior Fellow – George Washington University, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS)
Affiliate Scholar - Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society (CIS)

Formerly served as:
Senior Intelligence Analyst - New York State Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT)
Visiting Professor of Homeland Defense - US Army War College (2012-2013)

Special Opportunities for Students

Brian Nussbaum brings a combination of scholarly and practitioner perspectives that is unique, having taught about homeland security and cybersecurity, but having also spent almost a decade in New York State government working on these issues as an intelligence analyst, risk analyst and in several other capacities.

Relevant Publications

Nussbaum, Brian. The Levels of Analysis Problem with Critical Infrastructure Protection. The Journal of Physical Security. 2014. Vol 7, Issue 1. Argonne National Laboratory.

Nussbaum, Brian. From Brescia to Bin Laden: The NYPD, International Policing, and “National Security.” The Journal of Applied Security Research. 2012. 7(2).

Nussbaum, Brian. Globalizing and Localizing Counterterrorism Intelligence Sharing. Chapter 9 of Aydinli, Ersel (ed.) The Emerging Transnational (In)Security Governance Regime. Routledge. 2010.

Nussbaum, Brian. Including Extremists in the Political Process: “Irreconcilables,” Constraints on Violence, and the Social Scientific Analysis of Terrorism. In Natasha A. Frost, Joshua D. Freilich, and Todd R. Clear (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy: Policy Proposals From the American Society of Criminology Conference. Belmont, CA: Cengage/Wadsworth. 2009.

Nussbaum, Brian. Protecting Global Cities: The Internationalization of Municipal Policing for Counter-Terrorism. Global Crime. 2007. 8(3): 213-232.

Nussbaum, Brian, Harrington, D. William, and Asal, Victor. Terrorism as Transnational Advocacy: An Organizational and Tactical Examination. Studies in Conflict in Terrorism. 2007. 30 (01): 15-39.

Nussbaum, Brian. Communicating Cyber Intelligence to Non-Technical Customers.
International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. 2017. (Forthcoming)

Nussbaum, Brian. Leveraging the “Staff Ride” for Active Learning in Public Safety
Management. Journal of Homeland Security Education. 2016. Volume 5. 1-7.

Asal, Victor. Forest, James. Nussbaum, Brian. Why Ethnopolitical Organizations
Turn to Crime. Global Crime. 2015. 16(4): 306-327.