James Beeson
CISO
GE Capital - Commercial
 
James Beeson has spent fourteen years with General Electric. James started as a Technical Services Manager in GE Capital, Vendor Financial Services, moved into Information Security in 2000 with responsibility for Mid-Market Finance, and is now responsible for Information Security and Data Protection globally at GE Capital (Commercial Lending and Leasing, Real Estate Financing, Energy Financial Services, and Capital Aviation Services), a group of businesses that generates more than $31 Billion per year in Revenue, providing over $2.5 Billion per year in Net Income and managing over $360 Billion in assets.

Prior to that, James worked at Trinity Industries, Inc (a Fortune 500 Dallas based manufacturing company) for 8 years in a variety of IT leadership positions.

James is actively involved in the (ISSA) Information Systems Security Association and (ISACA) Information Systems Audit and Control Association, which work to drive standards, improvements, and networking in security and risk management globally.  He also participates in Infragard to improve communications between the public and private sectors related to protecting our critical infrastructure.

He was Co-Chair of the CISO Executive Summit in Dallas in 2010, participates as Keynote Speaker at several SecureWorld events across the country, as well as other conferences, and is frequently a guest speaker for radio and video broadcasts.

James also works closely with the SINET (Security Innovation Network) to promote public and private sector collaboration and increase the awareness of innovative emerging companies.

He has an MBA from Southern Methodist University with a Finance emphasis and a BBA with a major in Management and Leadership.  He is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and also Six Sigma Quality certified.