Message from Our Founder
I founded Adara Strategy Group in October 2017 to help individuals and institutions to address their most pressing challenges in the fields of cyber security; information technology; intelligence and security; and risk management. From nation-state to non-state actors, organizations of all sizes are vulnerable from adversaries. Getting ahead of these threats and managing risk is what we do.
Ray Herras is Founder, CEO and Managing Member of Adara Strategy Group LLC based in Alexandria, Virginia. He has spent the past two decades combined in government/military service and public sector tech/security consulting.
Prior to this role, he served as Facility Security Officer and Information Systems Security Manager for Veracity Forecasting and Analysis, Inc., located in Alexandria, Virginia. In this role, he was the senior corporate security advisor responsible for all company security activities including the corporate industrial security program as defined by the National Industrial Security Program (NISPOM) (2015-2018).
Previously he was a Senior Analyst at Noblis NSP providing cyber threat intelligence analysis supporting the J2, U.S. Cyber Command. Ray’s work assisted USCYBERCOM’s efforts to defend the nation from various cyber adversaries and to allow freedom of action in cyberspace on topics of national importance (2011-2015).
Prior to joining Noblis NSP, Ray was a Department of the Army Civilian employee with the 335th Signal Command (Theater), U.S. Army Reserve, based in Atlanta, Georgia. During his tenure, he helped to shape the Army Reserve’s role in the U.S. Army’s Cyber reorganization efforts (2005-2011).
Ray is a decorated veteran of Afghanistan/Uzbekistan (2002), Iraq (2003), and Kuwait (2006-2008). He served on active/reserve duty in the U.S. Army (2000-2012) in leadership and staff positions from platoon leader to company commander in the active and reserve components.
Ray is currently a Master of International Affairs candidate studying International Security Policy with a specialization in Technology, Media and Communications at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in the City of New York. Ray also holds a M.B.A from Auburn University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbus State University (Georgia). Additionally, he has a program certificate in Cyber Security from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.
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