James Ransome

Head of Product and Application Security at McAfee Inc.

Dr. James Ransome is the Head of Product and Application Security at McAfee Inc., a corporate-wide initiative that supports the delivery of secure software products and services to customers. His career has been marked by leadership positions in private and public industries, including three chief information security officer (CISO) and four chief security officer (CSO) roles. Prior to entering the corporate world, James had 23 years of government service in various roles supporting the U.S. intelligence community, federal law enforcement, and the Department of Defense.

James holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems specializing in Information Security. He developed/tested a security model, architecture, and provided leading practices for converged wired/wireless network security for his doctoral dissertation as part of a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education program. This became the baseline for his work as the Vice President of Integrated Security and Director of Industrial Cyber Security for CH2M HILL where he was responsible for developing models for converged wired/wireless network security. In a subsequent position as the Senior Director, Secure Unified Wireless and Mobility Solutions at Cisco, he co-architected, developed and marketed the Getronics-Cisco “Wireless Integrated Security, Design, Operations & Management (WISDOM)” reference framework that was a productization of the original WISDOM framework developed as part of his doctoral dissertation titled “Wireless Integrated Secure Data Options Model (WISDOM) for Converged Network Security.” This resulted in an increase of over $45 million USD revenue for Getronics and Cisco within a two-year period.

He is the author of 10 books on information security to include “Wireless Operational Security,” “Wireless Security: Know it all,” “Cloud Computing: Implementation, Management, and Security,” “Defending the Cloud: Waging Warfare in Cyberspace,” and; “Core Software Security: Security at the Source.” James is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, and he is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow.

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