• May 18, 2017
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20 Questions with Author George Finney

George Finney

GEORGE FINNEY, ESQ., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country.



About the Book:

No More Magic Wands

Once upon a time there was a company that made magic wands, but when they were hacked all the magic in the world couldn’t prevent their data from being stolen. If that company had a chance for a clean start, what would they have done differently? The unlikely hero isn’t a security guy. She’s a business elf who makes it her mission to change the way her company does business from the top down.

Most books on Cybersecurity are written for highly technical professionals, focus on specific compliance regulations, or are intended for reference. No More Magic Wands is different…it takes complex security concepts and puts them into practice in easy to read, relateable stories.

No More Magic Wands is available at AMAZON


  1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer? Morning, but not too early.
  2. Do you outline or are you a pantster? I fly by the seat of my pants, but I’ve learned to plan out my randomness. Occasionally.
  3. Which comes first – plot or character? I hear a character first, then I follow where they lead.
  4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript? I like to put together a soundtrack to listen to when I’m writing and listen to it while I’m writing to keep in the same frame of mind each time I write.
  5. Favorite TV show? The Expanse on SyFy is the greatest.
  6. Favorite type of music? Classic rock.
  7. Favorite craft besides writing? Playing with my kid.
  8. Do you play a musical instrument? Still trying to learn to play the guitar after all these years.
  9. Single or married? Married.
  10. Children or no? Yep.
  11. Pets? Elvis the dog.
  12. Favorite place to write? Anywhere I can be alone!
  13. Favorite restaurant? I can’t think of just one. There are too many!
  14. Do you work outside the home? Yes.
  15. What was the name of the last movie you saw? Get Out.
  16. Favorite outdoor activity? Tennis
  17. Pet peeve? People who get onto elevators right as they open without waiting to see if there is anyone inside.
  18. Your goal in life? To help people improve their cybersecurity.
  19. Your most exciting moment? Getting to see the space shuttle in person.
  20. The love of your life? My daughter.
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