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.

What CISOs can learn about insider threats from Iran's human espionage tactics

Russian cyberattacks on Ukraine raise IT security concerns

Russian cyberattacks on Ukraine raise IT security concerns

The destructive attacks follow a U.S. government warning for a "heightened state of awareness" and to follow state-sponsored threat mitigation advice.

Three recent events prove the need for an insider risk playbook

Three recent events prove the need for an insider risk playbook

Pfizer, Ubiquiti and Code42 all faced real or potential insider threats that could have been a lot worse if they did not have a plan to deal with them.

FBI arrests social engineer who allegedly stole unpublished manuscripts from authors

FBI arrests social engineer who allegedly stole unpublished manuscripts from authors

The U.S. Department of Justice claims Filippo Bernardini leveraged knowledge gained by working at Simon & Schuster and other publishers to create fake identities and websites to steal intellectual property.

Machine as insider threat: Lessons from Kyoto University’s backup data deletion

Machine as insider threat: Lessons from Kyoto University’s backup data deletion

Kyoto University lost terabytes of data in a machine-as-an-insider scenario triggered by human error. Here are questions CISOs should ask to avoid a similar situation.

CISOs, what's in your work-from-home program?

CISOs, what's in your work-from-home program?

CISOs reveal how their secure remote work strategies are set up for the long haul.

CISOs, what's in your travel security program?

CISOs, what's in your travel security program?

It's time to review (or create) your travel security program now that more people are traveling for work and pleasure. Here's what it should include.

Collect today, decrypt tomorrow: How Russia and China are preparing for quantum computing

Collect today, decrypt tomorrow: How Russia and China are preparing for quantum computing

All encrypted data will eventually become vulnerable to quantum computing along with the secrets they hold.

Ubiquiti breach an inside job, says FBI and DoJ

Ubiquiti breach an inside job, says FBI and DoJ

Investigators claim Ubiquiti employee Nikolas Sharp stole company data and then played the role of whistleblower to draw attention away from is actions.

China's Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) presents challenges for CISOs

China's Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) presents challenges for CISOs

PIPL's data localization mandate places unique requirements on businesses operating in China, and regulators have great leeway to assess fines.

NCSC warns industry, academia of foreign threats to their intellectual property

NCSC warns industry, academia of foreign threats to their intellectual property

Russia and China continue to engage in IP theft to bolster their defense technology and economic standing, respectively. The National Counterintelligence and Security Center urges action.

What CISOs can learn from the US Navy insider who stole nuclear secrets

What CISOs can learn from the US Navy insider who stole nuclear secrets

The theft of government secrets by Jonathan Toebbe and others raises the question: How should CISOs deal with insider threats who have had insider threat training?

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