James Ransome, Ph.D, CISSP, CISMDr. James Ransome is Senior Director, Secure Wireless Engineering with Global Government Solutions (GGSG) and Corporate Security Programs (CSPO) at Cisco.He
provides leadership as well as technical and operational expertise to the company's assessment of existing and emerging technologies, vendors, tools, devices, architectures, applications, and strategies that support the continuous integration of the most appropriate technology to meet the current security challenges of Cisco's
global government customers.He
has a particular focus on secure wireless and mobile IP solutions.Ransome
is a recognized security practitioner and author.His
career is marked by leadership positions in both the private and public industries, and by a consistent record of technological innovation in wireless, cyber, and physical security disciplines. Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Managed and Professional Security Services at SecureInfo Inc., headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.Ransome has held various senior executive information systems and physical security management positions, including Vice President of Integrated Security at CH2M HILL, Vice President of Corporate Security at Exodus and at Cable and Wireless, Vice President of Security Operations and Services at Pilot Network Services, Director of Global Information Systems Security for Applied Materials, Director of Information Systems Security for Autodesk, and Director of IT Security, Directory Services and Email at Qwest Communications.
While at Exodus
Communications and Cable and Wireless, Ransome
managed both Internet and physical security for hundreds of thousands of users within the world's largest commercial hosting environment, serving more than 4,500 customers in 42 data centers.
Prior to joining the corporate world, Ransome
spent 23 years in government service.This includes ten years as a computer scientist, national security and imagery analyst for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
(LLNL) in support of the national intelligence community, DOE NEST Team, DoD
, and federal law enforcement.He was a NCIS Civilian Federal Special Agent (1811) assigned to the Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) Squad / San Francisco with responsibilities for FCI investigations and operations, regional law enforcement agency liaison officer, special projects OPSEC, counterterrorism support and analysis, as well as protective service details for national and foreign dignitaries. Ransome is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer (O-5, Commander), a former U.S. Marine Corps Weapons Platoon Sergeant / Intelligence Specialist, and has completed 23 years combined active-duty and reserve service which includes duty in Operation Desert Shield/Storm (field operations), Operation Joint Endeavor (counter-terrorism), and Vietnam-Era service specializing both in weapons systems and intelligence operations.During this time he worked in over 15 countries with US Navy Task Force 168 and received personal commendations from the Chief of Naval Operations and the Department of Army for his work as the Officer in Charge of a small operational team operating on the border of Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Ransome holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems specializing in Information Security, a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems, and graduate certificates in International Business and International Affairs.He
has developed and tested a security model, architecture, and best practices for converged wireless-wired network security as his
doctoral dissertation.Ransome is an Adjunct Professor for Nova Southeastern University's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (SCIS) Information Security Program, designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.He
received the 2005 Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.He is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Ransome
is the author of several published books, including Wireless Operational Security
, VoIP Security
, Instant Messaging
(IM) Security, and Business Continuity Planning
and Disaster Recovery Guide for Information Security Managers.He
also developed the initial wireless, network architecture, SCADA, and VoIP security best practices for the Federal Communications Commission Network Reliability and Interoperability Council Focus Group on Cybersecurity
- - Homeland Defense.