Brian Nussbaum

Brian Nussbaum, PhD

Assistant Professor
Specialization: Cybersecurity & Terrorism
Department of Public Administration

289 Richardson | 518-442-5238

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About Professor Nussbaum

Dr. Brian Nussbaum is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His focus is on cybersecurity and cyber threats, terrorism and terrorism analysis, homeland security, risk and intelligence analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. He also serves as an Affiliate Scholar with the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School, and as 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.

Dr. 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.​

Selected Publications

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