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.

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

Iran espionage capabilities have a powerful bite

Iran espionage capabilities have a powerful bite

Look at the threat posed by IRAN to the United States and elsewhere

Did Kaspersky step in dog-doo?

Did Kaspersky step in dog-doo?

How did Kaspersky find themselves in the cross hairs of the US intelligence community

Worldwide threat assessment - The Director National Intelligence's view

Worldwide threat assessment - The Director National Intelligence's view

Director National Intelligence presented his state of the global threats to the United States to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Not all is sweet. Swiss intelligence infiltrates German tax authorities

Not all is sweet. Swiss intelligence infiltrates German tax authorities

German tax authorities have been bribing Swiss bank personnel to reveal bank data since 2006. In late-April a Swiss national operating on behalf of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service was arrested in Frankfurt, and charged with...

China's spy hunting tactics

China's spy hunting tactics

China’s counterintelligence capabilities continue to evolve. The newest arrow in their quiver to detect those who are breaking trust with Mother China is the “bounty” for identification of “suspicious foreigners.”

Need a fix? Steal patient data

Need a fix? Steal patient data

Trusted insiders within the healthcare sector with access to patients, patient data and dispensaries, have unencumbered access to sensitive data and drugs. William Osler Health System (Canada) had one of their insiders break trust and...

China's hand caught in the cookie jar

China's hand caught in the cookie jar

China's hand was caught in the cookie jar, again. In early April 2017, an employee of Siemens was arrested on suspicion of espionage, the theft of trade secrets and intellectual property.

Mopping up after your vendor's data breach

Mopping up after your vendor's data breach

Get out the mop. Your vendor has been breached and your constituents are at risk. That’s what 10 states are doing right now as they clean up after America’s JobLink Alliance Technical Support informed the states of Kansas, Alabama,...

Inadvertent disclosure: Knowing the risk

Inadvertent disclosure: Knowing the risk

Things to consider when an employee releases sensitive data -- intentionally or not

Social Elements of Security Policy and Messaging

End users tuning you out? Christopher Burgess lays out a three-step process for taking human factors into account in your security program (and even using them to your advantage).

Nation States' Espionage and Counterespionage

An overview of the 2007 Global Economic Espionage Landscape

Nation States' Espionage and Counterespionage

Should you be concerned by shrill warnings of nation-based economic espionage? 30-year CIA veteran Christopher Burgess looks at the current landscape of "the second-oldest profession" and what the corporate world needs from the...

Part II: When State Entities Target Intellectual Property

French Intelligence, Russian Intelligence, Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), TsNIIMASH-Export, Coca-Cola in India, Abbott, Merck and Gilead in Brazil, & Roche in India.

Part I: When Insiders and Competitors Target Businesses

Lightwave Microsystems, America Online (AOL), Casiano Communications Inc., Corning Inc., Avery Dennison, Toshiba and Lexar Media, & Citroen and SigmaTel

Industrial Espionage: Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost

How industrial espionage and intellectual property theft destroy businesses and endanger the global economy.

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