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.

Sinovel Wind Group found guilty of IP theft valued at $800 million

Cyber espionage: China wants Japanese firms’ intellectual property

Cyber espionage: China wants Japanese firms’ intellectual property

Cyber groups within China are targeting Japanese companies involved in heavy industry and national infrastructure as part of a multifaceted effort to create the Chinese strategic playbook.

Contractor hacks former employer, destroys and corrupts data

Contractor hacks former employer, destroys and corrupts data

Edward Soybel was let go by W. W. Grainger and subsequently hacked his way back into the company to access customer databases to destroy and corrupt the data.

China and Germany in a dust up over cybersecurity

China and Germany in a dust up over cybersecurity

Germany calls out China on their lack of progress on bilateral cybersecurity efforts, while China continues to target German companies for intellectual property theft.

4 Applied Materials executives fleece company and get indicted

4 Applied Materials executives fleece company and get indicted

U.S. Attorney for Northern California indicted four former executives for stealing intellectual property and trade secrets from Applied Materials.

Espionage: Germany unmasks fake Chinese LinkedIn profiles

Espionage: Germany unmasks fake Chinese LinkedIn profiles

Germany's BfV says Chinese intelligence services targeted more than 10,000 German citizens in a massive social engineering effort that included LinkedIn.

Insider threat — Chemours employee steals trade secrets

Insider threat — Chemours employee steals trade secrets

Chemours' off-boarding process provided the evidence that Jerry Jindong Xu stole trade secrets and intellectual property and tried to monetize the information in China.

Iran targeting international IP for theft and extortion

Iran targeting international IP for theft and extortion

Various Iranian hacker groups are successfully stealing or illegally procuring IP using all the tools in the toolbox to achieve their results.

Paradise Papers: Data leak shines a light on the monies of the elite

Paradise Papers: Data leak shines a light on the monies of the elite

Whether a hack or an insider leak, the 13.4 million records in the Paradise Papers detail the investments of offshore law firms and corporate investment firms.

Twitter employee deleting POTUS account is a lesson for all companies

Twitter employee deleting POTUS account is a lesson for all companies

A trusted insider turned the lights out on Twitter account of President Donald Trump, reminding us all how superuser access can be abused.

Swiss spy confesses, says he acted out of patriotism and profit

Swiss spy confesses, says he acted out of patriotism and profit

The saga of Daniel Moser, acting on behalf of the Swiss FIS to penetrate German tax authorities, comes to a close but not without an interesting twist.

Insider information leads to fraud scheme, arrests and conviction

Insider information leads to fraud scheme, arrests and conviction

Employees at HSBC Bank plc used insider information to their benefit, defrauding a client and generating millions of dollars for themselves.

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