Craig S. Gordon, Ph.D.

Craig S.Gordon

Principal Investigator/National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center
Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis
US Department of Homeland Security

Craig Gordon is the lead principal investigator for the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis’ (OCIA) National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC). OCIA provides integrated analysis of  cyber and physical risks to the Nation’s critical infrastructure. In February 2014, the Department of Homeland Security created the OCIA by consolidating  analytic  resources from across the National Protection and Programs Directorate, including the Homeland
Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center and NISAC. Congress chartered NISAC to be the center of “national competence to address critical infrastructure protection and continuity.”

From 2010-2014, Dr. Gordon was the program manager for NISAC overseeing the advanced modeling, simulation and analysis program, which was conducted primarily at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. Currently, with the migration of much of the analytic capability to the OCIA, Dr. Gordon focuses increasingly on developing in- house modeling capabilities and analysis, while continuing to manage the capability develop projects housed at the national labs. During his time at the OCIA, Dr. Gordon has been called upon to support a variety of high profile initiatives  including:

  • Following the release of Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, developing the methodology for selecting companies where  a  cybersecurity incident could reasonably result in catastrophic regional or national  effects
  • Modeling the flow of Bakken crude oil to support White House efforts regarding new rules for railcars carrying crude oil

Dr. Gordon continues to write papers for the first responder community on topics such   as
the functioning of critical infrastructure systems during an extended water outage or an extended electric power outage or the cyber dependency of the energy  sector.

Prior to joining the OCIA, Dr. Gordon was a research associate at Georgia State University,  an investment banker at Bear, Stearns and Co. and held a number of positions in the private sector. Dr. Gordon received his Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and his Doctorates are from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.