Speaker Biography

Michelle Finneran Dennedy

Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer

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    Michelle Finneran Dennedy currently servces as McAfee's Chief Privacy Officer, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of McAfee's data privacy policies and practices, working across business groups to drive data privacy excellence across the security continuum.

    Before coming to McAfee, Ms. Dennedy founded the iDennedy Project, a public-service organization to address privacy needs in sensitive populations, such as children and the elderly, and emerging technology paradigms. Ms. Dennedy is also a founder and editor in chief of a new media site — TheIdentityProject.com — that was started as an advocacy and education site, and which currently focuses on the growing crime of child ID theft.

    Ms. Dennedy was the Vice President for Security & Privacy Solutions for Oracle. This team worked closely with customers to enable them to proceed with the confidence that information is protected and accelerated as an asset. Before the Oracle acquisition of Sun, Ms. Dennedy was Chief Data Governance Officer within the Cloud Computing division at Sun Microsystems. Ms. Dennedy worked closely with Sun's business, technical, and legal teams to create the best data governance policies and processes possible for cloud computing to build trust for cloud environments through vendor transparency. Ms. Dennedy is a sought-after and provocative public speaker, evangelizing new approaches and business justifications for soundly defined, transparent security and privacy policies and systems that protect healthy, safe, global businesses.

    Ms. Dennedy has a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. degree with university honors from The Ohio State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Goodwin Procter-IAPP Vanguard award for lifetime achievement and the EWF — CSO Magazine Woman of Influence award for work in the privacy and security fields.