Christopher Burgess

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Christopher Burgess (@burgessct) is an author/writer, speaker, advisor, consultant and advocate for effective security strategies, be they for your company, home or family.

He founded and led Prevendra, a security, privacy and intelligence consultancy and content provider. Prior to Prevendra, he served as the Chief Security Officer, President Public Sector and Chief Operating Officer (2011 to 2013) of a small start-up within the big data analytic space, Atigeo. And he also served for a number of years as the Senior Security Advisor to the Chief Security Officer of Cisco, where he focused on intellectual property strategies. Additionally, also while at Cisco, Christopher led the following teams within the Corporate Security Programs Office: Global Threat Analysis providing geopolitical, economic and security analysis to Cisco strategists; Global Investigative Support providing forensic support to the enterprise’s investigatory groups; Global Government Security Office implementation; the US Government Security Office (NISPOM/DCID); and the eLitigation & eDiscovery support (EDRM) efforts within Cisco.

In addition, he has substantial international public sector experience, having served 30+ years within the Central Intelligence Agency. He lived and worked in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe and Latin America where he acquired a deep understanding of the people, cultures, and business practices of these respective areas. During this career he served in various positions, including that of Chief of Station. As Chief of Station, he was the personal representative for the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and concurrently for the National Intelligence Director within his geographic area of responsibility. He served as an executive member on numerous regional federal collaborative entities: Joint Terrorism Task Forces, U.S. Attorney Terrorism Task Forces and Regional Counterintelligence Working Groups. Upon his retirement, the CIA awarded him the Career Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the highest level of career recognition.

Christopher authored the ebook, Senior Online Safety (Prevendra, March 2014, Spanish version September 2014), and co-authored the book, Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century (Syngress, March 2008) and contributed to Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Healthcare (Mayo Clinic, October 2012), with a chapter on privacy.

Christopher contributes on a regular basis to the The Huffington Post beginning with the seminal piece, “A Common Sense Approach to Social Media,” as well as on occasion to the Spanish language edition, El Huffington Post. He is a compensated contributor to various enties.

In addition, Christopher's early CSO magazine contributions are highlighted by three pieces, “Social Elements of Security Policy and Messaging,” the study “Nation States’ Espionage and Counterespionage, Overview of the 2007 Global Economic Espionage Landscape,” and Inadvertent Disclosure: Know the Risks."

Christopher is an invited speaker to a plethora of events and venues, to include AARP’s Scam Jam, Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, Mayo/Ragan Social Media Healthcare Summit, Seattle Interactive/Gnomedex; Taia Global’s Suits & Spooks, Washington Technology Industry Association, Cisco Live!; the Interpol Intellectual Property Crime Conference; and numerous times at the NATO Information Assurance Conference. He has appeared on the BBC, CNBC, i24, China TV, Fox Business, Bloomberg and AARP’s Inside E-street.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Christopher Burgess and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Greed drives malevolent insider to steal former employer's IP

An insider sifts through 108,000 client files. What can go wrong?

An insider sifts through 108,000 client files. What can go wrong?

Bupa Global responds after an employee in its international health insurance division was caught copying and removing information from client files.

Germany warns of nation-state cyber espionage threat

Germany warns of nation-state cyber espionage threat

Report from Germany's domestic intelligence and security service says Russia, China and Iran are targeting German companies and interests.

Developer hangs patient data out in a cloud—for two years

Developer hangs patient data out in a cloud—for two years

In 2015, a developer at UIHC inadvertently put the personal data of about 5,300 patients in an open store in the cloud. UIHC found out about it in 2017.

Insider wreaks havoc on company—after he resigns

Insider wreaks havoc on company—after he resigns

Over the course of several weeks, a former Navarro Security employee used off-the-shelf tools to destroy files, compromise email and redirect the company's web traffic to a competitor.

U.S. defense contractor arrested for giving U.S. secrets to Chinese operatives

U.S. defense contractor arrested for giving U.S. secrets to Chinese operatives

Kevin Mallory, a U.S. defense contractor, was arrested for allegedly passing secret and top secret U.S. documents to Chinese intelligence.

PII of 1 million compromised in Washington State University safe heist

PII of 1 million compromised in Washington State University safe heist

WSU backed up their data for their Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) and locked the hard drive in a safe. The safe was stolen and now the PII of 1million individuals has been compromised.

CEO lies, commits fraud, and yes, the startup craters

CEO lies, commits fraud, and yes, the startup craters

WrkRiot CEO Isaac Choi was indicted for defrauding the employees of his tech startup.

Healthcare: Are you prepared to trade privacy for treatment?

Healthcare: Are you prepared to trade privacy for treatment?

The U.S. HHS Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force and the U.K.'s ICO in separate reports highlight the need to better protect patients' information.

Is Waymo's IP in Uber's hands? They may both be victims

Is Waymo's IP in Uber's hands? They may both be victims

Who stole Waymo's intellectual property? Was it an Uber plot to acquire the IP for $680 million of Otto, which was founded by Anthony Levandowski?

China continues to steal high-tech trade secrets

China continues to steal high-tech trade secrets

China continues to steal trade secrets. Six were arrested and seven charged with theft of Trelleborg's dual-use undersea technology.

China's theft of IBM's intellectual property

China's theft of IBM's intellectual property

Guilty plea of Xu Jiaqiang an IBM employee for theft of intellectual property and economic espioange

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