James Beeson

CISO - GE Capital

James has over 26 years of experience in information technology in a variety of leadership roles.  He has 15 years of direct experience as an information security leader and is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at GE Capital Americas and the Information Security Divestiture Leader for GE Capital.  James has worked for General Electric over 18 Years and currently has accountability for a GE Capital business that generates over $2 Billion dollars of net income on $100 Billion dollars in assets.

James is actively involved in FS-ISAC (Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center), 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 has Co-Chaired the CISO Executive Summit in Dallas for the past six years, and participates as a Keynote Speaker at SecureWorld, IANS, and other information security and risk management events across the country.

James also works closely with the SINET, the 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 a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and also Six Sigma Quality certified. 

James is based out of McKinney, Texas