About the Speaker
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    George Finney
    CISO, The University of Texas System

    George Finney is a Chief Information Security Officer that believes that people are the key to solving our cybersecurity challenges. He is the CEO and founder of Well Aware Security and the CISO for The University of Texas System in Dallas, Texas. George has worked in Cybersecurity for nearly 20 years and has helped startups, global telecommunications firms, and nonprofits improve their security posture. As a part of his passion for education, George has taught cybersecurity at SMU and is the author of several cybersecurity books, including "Well Aware: Master the Nine Cybersecurity Habits to Protect Your Future" and "No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone." George has been recognized by Security Magazine as one of their top cybersecurity leaders in 2018 and is a part of the Texas CISO Council, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Palo Alto Networks FUEL User Group, and is an Advisory Board member for SecureWorld. George holds a Juris Doctorate from SMU and a Bachelor of Arts from St. John's College, as well as multiple cybersecurity certifications including the CISSP, CISM, and CIPP.