Homeland security expert Cedric Sims joins Booz Allen Hamilton

12 December 2018 Consulting.us 3 min. read
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Public sector-focused management and technology consultancy Booz Allen has added Cedric Sims, D.Eng, as a senior vice president in the Civilian Services Group. A former leader within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Secret Service (USSS), Sims has over 25 years’ experience in cybersecurity and risk management, capital planning and acquisitions, program governance, and systems engineering related to homeland security.

In his new role as senior leader in the firm’s Civilian Services Group, Sims will develop strategies to encourage integration across Booz Allen’s homeland security business. He will also work with the DHS and security community to support complex missions requiring cyber and analytics expertise. Sims’ deep experience will aid the consultancy’s implementation of the DHS Diagnostics Monitoring (CDM) program – which aims to secure close to 80% of the .gov enterprise of more than 19,700 sites and 1.75 million users.

Before joining Booz Allen, Sims spent six years as President and CEO of Evermay Consulting Group – a management consultancy that facilitates partnerships between government and industry. While there, he supported companies in strategic acquisition guidance, capture, and proposal services in delivering government services and IT solutions.Homeland security expert Cedric Sims joins Booz Allen HamiltonPrior to that, Sims spent three years at the DHS as an Executive Director in the Management Directorate, wherein he established the Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management. While there, he promoted stronger accountability of the $18 billion in DHS acquisition investments, while also maturing the acquisition management process.

Before his time at the DHS, Sims spent nine years serving in leadership roles within the US Secret Service. While at the USSS, he developed and implemented the agency’s first ever five-year strategic plan. At the USSS, he also served as branch chief of network management and DHS senior infrastructure officer, and helped lead interagency communication coordination at high-profile events like the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, the G8 Summit in Sea Island, and various UN General Assemblies.

Prior to that, Sims spent ten years at Texas A&M University in management and research roles, promoting federal state, and local interoperability through the Advanced Law Enforcement and Response Technology (ALERT) program.

Since 2015, Sims has held a Senior Advisor role in the Homeland Security Dialogue Forum – which draws on the input of private sector policy leaders. He has also been a Senior Advisor at the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council since 2012. Sims holds a doctorate in engineering from Texas A&M University, along with dual bachelor’s degrees in computer science and journalism – also from Texas A&M.

“As DHS celebrates its fifteen-year anniversary, our nation faces an expanding set of threats that demand new strategies and technologies, like automation and artificial intelligence, to revolutionize how we protect our homeland,” commented Kristine Martin Anderson, executive vice president and head of Booz Allen’s Civilian Services Group. “Cedric’s commitment to living the mission and deep experience in homeland security will bolster the integration that we help clients realize at DHS and across government—work that is critical in ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of our citizens.”