James Christiansen is vice president and global chief information security officer (CISO) for Teradata. Responsible for developing and leading Teradata’s Global Cyber Security discipline, James focuses on delivering a comprehensive suite of services and solutions to advance and innovate Teradata’s security program.
James brings extensive expertise as a global leader in information security. Prior to joining Teradata, he was vice president of information risk management at Optiv, where he advised executives (CXOs) on their security strategies. Previously, James was chief information risk officer for Evantix, and CISO at Experian Americas, General Motors, and Visa International.
As a sought-after expert speaker on security, James has been featured at numerous prestigious events, including the Business Round Table, Research Board, American Bar Association, American Banker, the RSA Conference, BankInfoSecurity, ISSA, ISACA, HIMSS and MIS Training Institute. He has also been featured in The New York Times and quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, United States Cyber Security Magazine, Bloomberg and Healthcare.IT.
James is a patent inventor having received three innovation awards in cyber security, GRC and cloud computing. He is the author of the Internet Survival Series and contributing author of CISO Essentials, as well as numerous industry papers.
He earned his master’s degree in business administration with a focus on international management and his bachelor’s degree in business management from Westminster College.