Christian Beckner

Christian Beckner
Christian Beckner
Vice President, Retail Technology & Cybersecurity
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
June 22
1:45 pm2:15 pm
This session will discuss ways in which small and medium-sized retailers can protect themselves against cyber threats, utilizing industry best practices and taking advantage of open-source and publicly available resources. 
Tuesday
June 22
2:30 pm3:00 pm

This discussion will feature a fireside chat among PwC partner Matt Gorham, former assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division and a senior government official on the Biden Administration’s cybersecurity priorities. The discussion will address priorities for public-private sector cybersecurity collaboration and other issues relevant to the retail sector.

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