Dean funded his studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland by working as a security consultant doing Linux hardening, writing networking applications, performing ethical hacks and vulnerability assessments. Also during that time he mentored and taught programming to high school students that would go on to compete in programming competitions. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science he held various security and cyber defense positions in software companies and in one of Canada's largest Telecommunications providers. He spent 10 years leading security and incident response initiatives in Unix, Linux and Windows environments. For the last 6 years he's been managing a security operations team and is the ISO for Critical Infrastructure in the Utility and Energy sector in Canada.
An active member of the security community, Dean is dedicated to coaching others. His speaking engagements are international presenting at high profile conferences including the SANS ICS Summit on all things ICS. Dean has a natural way of engaging his audience, taking every opportunity to encourage others. While working at a high-level most of the time, Dean maintains his technical skills by paying close attention to the 'devil in the details' when overseeing cyber incident response in an IT and OT environment. In the run of a day it's common for Dean to be working at the packet or policy level.
- GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID)
- GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
- GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC)
- Bachelor Major Computer Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Is a member of the SANS/GIAC Advisory Board
Get to know Dean Parsons:
When Dean is not in ICS Active Cyber Defense mode you can find him exploring the coast of Newfoundland on his jet ski, playing piano or riding motorcycles, even in intense Newfoundland winters. An accomplished motorcycle instructor and rider, he published some adventures in his travel book "The Evergreen Rider - Newfoundland By Motorcycle. Through All Seasons, All Weather"
Favourite quote: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." - Yoda