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Christian Beckner

Christian
Beckner

Senior Director, Retail Technology
National Retail Federation
Christian Beckner is senior director of retail technology at the National Retail Federation. In this capacity, Beckner leads NRF’s CIO Council, IT Security Council and cybersecurity program, and is responsible for developing strategies, programs and activities to maintain NRF as the technology leader and convener in the retail sector.

Prior to NRF, Beckner spent five years as deputy director of the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, a think tank where he focused on cybersecurity, counterterrorism and homeland security. He was previously an associate staff director at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he was responsible for coordination of oversight and legislation on a broad range of homeland security and intelligence issues. He has worked on cybersecurity and homeland security issues for close to 20 years, including positions at IBM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the O’Gara Company.

Originally from Washington, Beckner has a B.A. from Stanford University. He obtained his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Speaking in:

Tuesday Jun 11
12:00 - 4:15 PM
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201 D, Level 2

New this year for retailers! The NRF Cybersecurity Workshop, powered by PwC and the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity and Technology program, will provide an opportunity for retail sector CISOs and other senior leaders to engage... Read more

Tuesday Jun 11
12:45 - 1:00 PM
Tuesday Jun 11
2:40 - 3:25 PM

This panel will examine steps that companies can take to build a culture of security – not only in the CISO function, but among all stakeholders in... Read more

Tuesday Jun 11
4:10 - 4:15 PM
Wednesday Jun 12
10:30 - 11:15 AM
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201 B, Level 2

Internet of Things technology is growing rapidly across the retail enterprise. Estimates suggest more than 20 billion connected things will be in use by 2020.  ... Read more

Thursday Jun 13
2:30 - 3:15 PM
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201 D, Level 2

How do I hack thee, let me count the ways: Phishing employee emails; POS systems; store networks; corporate networks; and payment processors are just the start of the list. A chain of stores distributed over wide geographic areas makes it a... Read more