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Russell Eubanks

From factory job to senior vice president and chief information security officer (CISO), Russell Eubanks' career trajectory has been anything but traditional. Years ago, while working a factory job, Russell realized he wanted more and started investigating options. He learned about his company's tuition reimbursement program and promptly signed up for computer classes at his local community college. He worked in the factory until early morning then attended classes during the day.

"My employer paid for all of my tuition and expenses," says Russell. "I remain amazed and grateful for that benefit." Back then, the Y2K crisis was looming and companies were desperate for infosec talent. Russell secured his first position before he'd even finished his degree.

Today, in his role as SVP and CISO with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Russell is responsible for developing and executing the information security strategy for the retail payments office and the Atlanta Reserve Bank, at times developing information security programs from the ground up.

Russell is also a certified instructor for SANS, teaching MGT415: A Practical Introduction to Cyber Security Risk Management; MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership; and SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth.

Russell's experience with SANS started in 2003 when he took the Security 401 course. "I thought I knew all there was to know," he says. "As it turned out, I was in over my head before lunch on the first day."

The instructor told him that not many students followed through and earned the GSEC certification, so Russell decided right then that he would. He went on to participate in the SANS Mentor Program, eventually becoming an instructor himself. Throughout that time, Russell has found the best part of teaching is the ongoing education he gets from his students. "I know they have something to share that will make me become a better cyber security professional," he says.

Beyond his role as an instructor, Russell wrote the first paper, on how to implement the Critical Security Controls, "A Small Business No Budget Implementation of the SANS 20 Security Controls," for SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth. He's also chief information security officer (CISO) for MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership, a topic he's especially passionate about. "I am certain this class experience will help the new or aspiring cyber leader become more effective in that role," says Russell.

Russell encourages students to prepare for their SANS courses as they would a college class, eliminate distractions and arrive ready to engage with the instructor and fellow students. "I intentionally focus on key takeaways each day that the students can apply when they get back to work," he says. "I love when students apply them while they are still in class!"

Perhaps most important of all, Russell brings his heart to what he teaches. "I want those I have mentored to know that I gave my all to help them become the absolute version of themselves. I want them to have every single advantage that I always longed for and did not see or act upon until much, much later," he says.

Russell is a handler for the SANS Internet Storm Center, serves on the editorial panel for the Critical Security Controls, and maintains securityeverafter.com. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In his free time, Russell studies leadership, keeps up with his wife and teenage son and daughter, and loves to smoke pork on his Big Green Egg. "Only recently I learned about the importance of disconnecting from technology on a regular basis," he says. "I have my best ideas when I am away from a screen." Russell also stays busy with his recently-discovered passion for running and just recently ran the Disney Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon with several SANS colleagues.

Qualifications Summary

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Certified instructor for MGT415: A Practical Introduction to Cyber Security Risk Management; MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership; and SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth

Authored the first paper on how to implement the Critical Security Controls, "A Small Business No Budget Implementation of the SANS 20 Security Controls," for SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth.

CISO for MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership

Handler for the SANS Internet Storm Center

Serves on the editorial panel for the Critical Security Controls

Get to Know Russell Eubanks

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russelleubanks/

Twitter: @russelleubanks

Blog: http://www.securityeverafter.com

Certifications

GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT)

Certified Information Security Manager, ISACA

Certified Information Systems Security Professional, ISC2

GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)

SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)

SANS GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)

SANS GIAC Certified Penetration Testing (GPEN)

SANS GIAC Certified Project Manager (GCPM)

SANS GIAC Critical Controls Certification (GCCC)

SANS GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

SANS GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)

SANS GIAC Web Application Penetration Testing (GWAPT)

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Upcoming Courses Taught By Russell Eubanks
Type Course / Location Date Register

Live Online
SANS Security West 2020
Virtual - US Mountain
May 11, 2020 -
May 15, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS Charlotte 2020
Charlotte, NC
Jul 27, 2020 -
Jul 31, 2020
 

Training Event
Sep 8, 2020 -
Sep 12, 2020
 

Training Event
Sep 28, 2020 -
Oct 2, 2020
 

Live Online
New
2-Day Firehose Training
Virtual - US Eastern
May 27, 2020 -
May 28, 2020
 

*Course contents may vary depending upon location, see specific event description for details.