George Finney

Chief Security Officer Southern Methodist UniversityConnect

I am a seasoned CyberSecurity executive, leader, and bridge builder responsible for developing and maturing cybersecurity programs. I am an expert in policy, awareness, compliance, operational management and the complex legal issues surrounding security with a talent for building partnerships. I have an extraordinary record of success driving high-value projects, large scale cost savings, transparent communication, and improved productivity.

As Chief Security Officer, I oversee a both cybersecurity as well as physical security finding creative ways to enhance both new and existing protections. I manage all aspects of the security program as well as managing the project managers for all new initiatives and for all managed services. 

I have worn many hats throughout my career including; attorney, network architect, professor, writer, innovator, project manager, and strategist. As a result, I have the unique ability to see the big picture and identify the process improvements needed to succeed in.

My professional values and eccentricities include:

-Relationships, dialogue, and teamwork – in other words, people – are key to security. A strong and creative team builds a better defense.
-I can learn something from everyone. No one has all the answers.
-The greatest minds aren’t the ones that have the best ideas, they are the ones who ask the best questions.
-Don’t limit yourself to doing only the things you’re passionate about. Bring your passion with you to everything you do.
-Hand written thank-you notes are important, even if you have bad handwriting like me.
-I play fair or I don't play. However, I play to win.
-I ask for what I want and I find this directness is well received.
-I am a prolific writer; I've written short stories, screenplays, and novels.
-I love making new professional acquaintances. Reach out if you would like to talk security, business, or books.