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Earl N. Crane

Adjunct Faculty

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Email: crane@andrew.cmu.edu

Biography

Dr. Crane is a recognized expert in information security and cybersecurity strategy and policy. He joined Promontory from the White House National Security Council, where he was the Director for Federal Cybersecurity Policy.  At Promontory, Dr. Crane specializes in helping clients understand and develop strategic solutions to growing cybersecurity challenges.  In addition to his practical experience in the field, he is a highly regarded academic, serving as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University for the past twelve years.

As a member of the President’s National Security Council staff from 2011 to 2013, Dr. Crane was the lead for federal cybersecurity policy and oversight for the Cybersecurity Coordinator, responsible for aligning and responding to shifting cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities.  He led multiple coordination efforts with senior government leaders across domains to provide direction, streamline processes, and reduce burdens across the federal government.

From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Crane worked for the Department of Homeland Security, where he was the director of cybersecurity strategy and the chief information security architect. He supervised staff creating and implementing the DHS security risk-management strategy, and led the development of enterprise-wide security architecture, policies and procedures to address issues including intrusion detection and response, security operations, threat intelligence, cloud computing security, and data-loss prevention. His background bridges evolving concepts in academic information-security management and practical implementation requirements.

Prior to DHS, Dr. Crane was a senior security consultant at Foundstone Inc., a division of McAfee.

He holds a patent based on his research in emergent network defense.

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Masters of Information System Management, Information Security, Carnegie Mellon University
PhD. in Engineering Management and a Master's certificate in Project Management, George Washington University