Biography – Christopher Burgess

Christopher Burgess - President PrevendraChristopher Burgess (@burgessct) is the CEO, President and co-founder of Prevendra. He is an author, speaker, advisor, consultant and advocate for effective security strategies, be they for your company, home or family.  He is the voice of Senior Online Safety, keeping all safe and secure.

Prior to Prevendra, he served as the Chief Security Officer, President Public Sector and Chief Operating Officer (2011-2013) of a small start-up within the big data analytic space, Atigeo.  And he also previously served 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.

Christopher also 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, US 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 recently authored the ebook, “Senior Online Safety” (Prevendra, March 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.  He contributes on a monthly basis to the The Huffington Post beginning with the seminal piece, “A Common Sense Approach to Social Media,” as well as the Spanish language edition, El Huffington Post. In addition, his 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.

He 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, Fox Business, Bloomberg and AARP’s Inside E-street.  And he is often cited in media, most recently: Voice of America, BBC, El Pais (Madrid), Investors Business Daily, Silicon Angle, Venture Beat, Semantic Web, Pando Daily, PC Advisor, E-content Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Information Week, Beckers Hospital Review, Health Data Management, eWeek, SC Magazine, Security News Daily, AARP, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Computer World, Network World, CNN Money, CRN, Search Networking, Computer Weekly, Carnegie Mellon CyLab

He also serves on the advisory board of Aegis Identity GroupInsyndiaRune Information Security Corporation; and previously was a member of the Mayo Clinic’s External Social Media Board (2010-2012). Christopher has a personal passion directed at creating good citizens of our adolescents, and serves on the advisory board of Love Our Children, USA/Stomp Out Bullying. He also holds membership in professional security organizations and is a member of the editorial advisory board of SC Magazine.

He was most recently featured in a Forbes piece:  What do Former CIA Spies do When They Quit the Spy Game?

A compilation of all of Christopher’s writing can be found here - Burgess articles

Christopher can be contacted via our information portal or

Christopher Burgess - President Prevendra

Christopher Burgess at Carnegie Mellon University on “Senior Online Safety – The Imperative”

Christopher Burgess - President Prevendra

Christopher Burgess presenting on the topic of Online Safety at AARP’s Scam Jam – 01 May 2014. 45 min presentation – via TVW – Washington State’s public news source

Senior Online Safety - Christopher Burgess speaking at the AARP Scam Jam - 01 May 2014

Christopher Burgess – Online Safety – a Senior Online Safety presentation at AARP’s Scam Jam – 01 May 2014

Christopher Burgess - President Prevendra

Bloomberg TV interview of Christopher about privacy, cyber and national security: Bloomberg TV – Burgess Interview