James works as Head of Research at Signal Sciences and is a supporter of the Rugged Software and DevSecOps movements. Seeing the gap in software testing, James founded an open source project, Gauntlt, to serve as a Rugged Testing Framework. He is the author of several security and DevOps courses on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning, including: DevOps Fundamentals, Infrastructure Automation, Security Testing, Continuous Delivery, and Site Reliability Engineering. James is the creator and founder of the LASCON which is the largest annual security conference in Austin, TX. He also runs DevOps Days Austin and previously served on the global DevOps Days board. He also holds several security certifications. In his spare time he is trying to learn how to make a perfect BBQ brisket.