Russell heads TISTA Information Security and Compliance, leading the TISTA Cyber Community of Practice and Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.


Russell’s expertise ensures that TISTA’s information security program meets regulatory and customer requirements. He has over 20 years of experience in information security and IT operations, managing high-performing teams running critical government and commercial IT systems. Russell started his career in systems administration. He has 20 years of experience managing Microsoft Windows and various Linux distributions, and over 10 years of experience preparing stakeholder teams for compliance audits for standards including ISO27001, NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, PCI, and SAS-70/SOC. Russell is a hands-on technology leader who is active in the information security community as a conference organizer, volunteer, and speaker.


Russell holds a master’s degree in Applied Information Technology from Towson University; CISSP, PMP, and several vendor-specific security and technology certifications.


Russell enjoys participating in technology community conferences, playing ice hockey, and modifying vehicles and radio-controlled aircraft.

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