Joe Harrison, Developer in Beaverton, OR, United States
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Joe Harrison

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Leadership Developer

Beaverton, OR, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 18, 2024

Joe is a cybersecurity subject matter expert with over 15 years of experience. Currently, he specializes in areas where cybersecurity and compliance overlap. He has built compliance programs for the Department of Defense (DoD) and is skilled in working with the details of compliance programs, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CIS. Joe has developed programs and tested outcomes against standards and metrics to demonstrate compliance for numerous clients.



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The most amazing...

...thing I've achieved in the last five years is getting a company without a history of security compliance compliant with a common standard in only 18 months.

Work Experience

Manager | Cybersecurity Operations

2014 - 2020
Portland General Electric
  • Built a team of four to ten cybersecurity subject matter experts (SMEs) to serve the enterprise.
  • Developed new capabilities for the company, including digital forensics and threat intelligence.
  • Created a new vulnerability program to focus resources on the right vulnerabilities.
Technologies: Leadership, Management, IT Management, Compliance, Vulnerability Management, Digital Forensics, Threat Intelligence

Center for Internet Security (CIS) Compliance

Worked as a program manager at a utility company to transition them from failing most Center for Internet Security (CIS) controls to successfully passing most CIS controls. Led a multidisciplinary team through gap analysis, control development, execution, and documentation, elevating the company from a level 1 Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) to a level 3 CMMI rating.
2001 - 2008

Master's Degree in Information Systems Management

Naval Postgraduate School - Monterey, CA, USA

1999 - 2001

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) - Monterey, CA, USA

AUGUST 2023 - AUGUST 2025

Certified Scrum Product Owner

Scrum Alliance








Compliance, Vulnerability Management, IT Security, Security Policy Analysis, IT Management, IT Program Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), Computer Science, Leadership, Digital Forensics, Threat Intelligence, CCNA, Control Development, Product Ownership, Information Management Systems (IMS), Cybersecurity Operations

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