Russell Dean has been active in the prevention, detection and remediation of security
vulnerabilities for international corporations, including government, finance and new media
organizations, for many years. He is a specialist in cyber counter-terrorism, recently focusing on
energy and telecommunications vulnerabilities in New York State. He is also former president and
founder of The RDV Group Inc., a
New York-based security consulting services firm.
Russell holds high-level certifications in Cisco, 3Com, Ascend, Microsoft and Novell
technologies, and is trained in the National Security Agency's ISSO Information Assessment
Methodology. He has headed computer security departments and managed worldwide information systems
networks for prominent technology, entertainment and nonprofit corporations based in New York. He
is the author of nine best-selling
information system security publications and is a consulting editor for John Wiley and Sons for
its information security book series.
Russell's early professional years were illuminated not by the flicker of a computer monitor but
by the bright lights of Nevada casino show rooms. After receiving a Down Beat magazine scholarship
to Boston's Berklee College of Music, he performed as a sideman for a variety of well-known
entertainers, including George Benson, John Denver, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. Russell
composed and arranged hundreds of pieces of jazz and contemporary music recorded and performed by
his own big band and others. He also founded and managed a scholastic music publishing company and
worked as an artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts in communities throughout
the West. He still performs and teaches music in the New York City area and is a member of the
American Federation of Musicians Local #802.