James ChristiansenVice President, Information Risk Management, Optiv
James Christiansen is a seasoned business leader with deep technical expertise and is recognized as a global thought leader. As Vice President, Information Risk Management in the Office of the CISO at Optiv, he helps chief experience officers (CXOs) make executive decisions based on the balance of risk and cost. He is responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive suite of strategic services and solutions to help CXO executives change their security strategies through innovation.
Prior to his tenure at Optiv, Christiansen was Chief Information Risk Officer for Evantix and Chief Security Officer for Experian Americas. He joined Experian after serving as chief information security officer for General Motors where his responsibilities included worldwide implementation of security plans for the largest financial (GMAC) and the largest manufacturing corporation in the world. He previously served as SVP and division head of information security for Visa International.
Christiansen is a patent inventor and has received three innovation awards in cybersecurity, 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.
Christiansen earned his master’s degree in business administration in international management and his bachelor’s degree in business management from Westminster College.
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