George Finney

George Finney

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 CSO for Southern Methodist University 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 Southern Methodist University 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 Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College and as well as multiple cybersecurity certifications including the CISSP, CISM, and CIPP.


George Finney is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. You can follow him on LinkedIn.
George Finney
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The Top 5 Questions CEOs Should be asking about Cybersecurity

The news over the last few weeks have intensely covered one topic: cybersecurity. Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid $5 million to a ransomware group after their operations were shut down for nearly a week while part of the country reeled from a shortage of gas. And this was just one out...