Barry R. Hensley
Executive Director, Counter Threat Unit, Security Research Group
Barry Hensley is presently the Executive Director for the Counter Threat Unit (CTU) Security Research Group at Dell SecureWorks. The CTU Research Group is comprised of the nation’s top security experts who identify and analyze emerging cyber threats, while developing rapid countermeasures in support of thousands of clients worldwide including many of the Fortune 500. Hensley also works closely with Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) on key strategies for effectively employing security controls to combat today's advanced threats in a risk based methodology.
Colonel (USA, Ret) Barry R. Hensley was also the former Director of the Army's Global Network Operations and Security Center (AGNOSC). While at the AGNOSC, COL Hensley was responsible for directing the operations and defense of the Army's portion of the Global Information Grid (GIG) consisting of over 1.2 million users. The AGNOSC integrated key cyber functions spanning operations, defense, intelligence, resource/risk management, and strategic planning for the Army while leading DoD in many critical cyber security initiatives.
COL (Ret) Hensley was also the Director of Operations, Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) the forerunner to today’s United States Cyber Command. JTF-GNO directed the operations and defense of the DoD Global Information Grid (GIG) ensuring the availability, integrity, and security of 7 million computer systems across 3500 posts/camps/stations. COL Hensley was responsible for the DoD’s Global Network Operations and Security Center, guiding actions of 64 worldwide operations and security centers (6,000+ personnel) to deliver mission critical secure voice, video, and data solutions.
COL (Ret) Hensley served in various leadership positions within the communications and information security career field throughout his 24-year Army career to include assignments with United States Special Operations Command and deployments to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Somalia, and Iraq.
Hensley holds a B.B.A. in Information Systems from Georgia Southern University, an M.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the National War College. Hensley was also named 2009 Georgia Southern University Alumnus of the Year for the College of Information Technology and was named by Federal Computer Week as a 2008 "Federal 100" winner, a select group of top executives in the Federal IT industry.