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James  Ransome

James Ransome

McAfee. Part of Intel Security
Senior Director, Product Security
Santa Clara, CA, USA

James Ransome, Ph.D., CISSP, CISM Senior Director, Product Security McAfee. Part of Intel Security.

Dr. Ransome is the Senior Director of Product Security at McAfee-Part of Intel Security and responsible for all aspects of McAfee’s Product Security Program, a corporate-wide initiative that supports the delivery of secure software products to customers. He is a recognized security practitioner, author, and speaker with a current focus on cloud computing, virtualization, and collaborative software security. His career is marked by leadership positions in the private and public industries, having served in three chief information security officer (CISO) and four chief security officer (CSO) roles at Applied Materials, Autodesk, Qwest Communications, Pilot Network Services, Exodus Communications, Exodus Communications -Cable and Wireless Company, and Cisco.

Ransome was also the senior vice president of Commercial Managed and Professional Security Services at SecureInfo Inc. While at Exodus Communications and Cable and Wireless, he managed Internet and physical security for hundreds of thousands of users within what was the world's largest commercial hosting environment at the time, serving more than 4,500 customers from 42 data centers.

Ransome has 23 years of government service, which includes ten years as a computer scientist and geospatial imagery intelligence analyst, and threat credibility assessment analyst for DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, three years as US Special Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and is a retired Naval Intelligence Officer with twenty-three years combined active and reserve service for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant and Intelligence Specialist..

He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems and 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. He received the 2005 Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. He is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow.

Ransome is the author of several published books, including Wireless Operational Security, VoIP Security, Instant Messaging (IM) Security, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Guide for Information Security Managers, 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 (2014). He also developed the initial wireless, network architecture, SCADA, Cryptography, and VoIP security leading practices for the Federal Communications Commission Network Reliability and Interoperability Council Focus Group on Cybersecurity – Homeland Defense.


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