James is an innovative thought leader in the DevOps and InfoSec communities and has a passion for helping big companies work like startups to deliver products in the cloud. He got his start in technology when he ran a Web startup company as a student at University of Oklahoma and since then has worked in environments ranging from large, web-scale enterprises to small, rapidly growth startups. As a Senior DevOps Engineer, James is currently working on launching cloud based-products for the Embedded Software division of Mentor Graphics.
James is a dynamic speaker on topics in cloud computing, cloud security and Rugged DevOps. He is the creator and founder of the Lonestar Application Security Conference which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He holds the following security certifications: CISSP, GWAPT, GCFW, GSEC and CCSK.
James lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Laura and daughter Lydia.