Dean Pompilio


  • President & CEO - SteppingStone Solutions

  • Past: Adjunct Professor |Cyber Security | Risk management | Business Transformation - University of Charleston

  • Past: Sr. Information Security Specialist - IFC - International Finance Corporation

  • Past: Sr. Firewall Engineer - Department of State

  • Past: Sr. Security Analyst - Department of Justice

  • Ms. Computer Science - DePaul University

  • Masters Certificate in Visual Communications & Digital 3D Design - The Johns Hopkins University

Dean is the President and founder of SteppingStone Solutions, Inc, formed in 2000. He is a seasoned cybersecurity instructor and distinguished IT consultant with a career spanning back to 1989. Specializing in cybersecurity since 1996, he has amassed extensive expertise in systems administration, security engineering, and penetration testing. His professional journey includes pivotal roles at major government agencies, international financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, large domestic banks, and credit card companies.

With a commitment to knowledge dissemination, Dean has been instrumental in shaping the cybersecurity landscape by teaching approximately 750 individuals annually since 2011. His instructional prowess has taken him to numerous prominent cities across the United States and allowed him to share insights in 15 foreign countries. Dean's students, numbering in the hundreds each year, are typically preparing for certification exams, while others seek to absorb his wealth of knowledge.

He firmly believes in the challenging yet rewarding nature of a cybersecurity career, recognizing the global demand for talented professionals to enhance and uphold organizational security postures. His dedication to education and extensive practical experience makes him a valuable asset in empowering individuals to excel in the dynamic field of cybersecurity.