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Cleveland State University Faculty




J.D., The Ohio State University, 2001

M.A., East Asian Languages and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

B.A., Program of Liberal Studies and Japanese Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1993



Brian Ray has extensive experience in information governance, cybersecurity and data privacy. He co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal. Ray also co-founded the Cleveland eDiscovery, Data Security and Privacy Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy issues.

Ray’s research focuses on security and privacy regulation, national and international jurisdiction over data and data governance and collection and use policies at the municipal, county and state levels. He is part of a small team of researchers that established the Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) in 2018 with a $1.75 million Digital Excellence Grant from the Cleveland Foundation. He serves as the IoTC Cybersecurity Industry Liaison working with faculty on both campuses and industry to develop applied research and education programs related to IoT security.

In 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed Ray to the CyberOhio Advisory Board. He co-chairs the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium's Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Sedona Conference's Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group. He was selected to participate in the Yale University Cyber Leaders Forum in 2017, and SC Magazine named him one of three Outstanding Cybersecurity Educators in the 2017 Reboot Leadership Awards.

Ray is also an expert in comparative and international law. His book, “Engaging with Social Rights: Participation, Procedure and Democracy in South Africa's Second Wave,” provides a comprehensive analysis of the South African Constitutional Court's social rights decisions. He was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and social rights.