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Chris Burchett


Employer/Position: Vice President at Dell
Academy: Academy, DE 2016
Education:BSCS

Short Biography

Chris Burchett serves as Executive Director for Client Security Software Engineering. In this role, he is responsible for engineering and delivery of the Dell Data Protection | Encryption, Security Tools and Endpoint Security Suite solutions. Chris also works with technology and business leaders across Dell to determine security product, technology and architecture strategy for Dell’s future security products for areas such as Advanced Threat Protection, Next Generation Data Security, Encryption and Key Management, Security Analytics, IOT, Wearables and Enterprise Mobility Management.

Prior to joining Dell, Chris was the founding technology leader and served as Chief Technology Officer of Credant Technologies, which was included in INC 500’s fastest growing companies with over 5500% growth rate, became a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Data Protection before partnering with and later being acquired by Dell. While at Credant, Chris was responsible for all product delivery activities including product architecture, engineering, product management, quality assurance, release management, security certifications and technology strategy.

Prior to founding Credant, Chris previously served as Director of Research and Development for i2 Technologies, where he led engineering and architecture for the company's enterprise solutions for intelligent supply/demand matching and demand fulfillment. Recognized as an innovator, Chris was invited by senior management to innovate mobile and home supply chain integration products and concepts. As a lead developer and architect, Chris led the first large-scale development of the company's forecast, supply, capacity, allocation and order planning products.

Prior to i2, Chris worked for E-Systems (now Raytheon) to design and develop real-time embedded systems using artificial intelligence for top-secret projects. While at E-Systems, Chris’ unclassified work included firmware supporting high-contrast grayscale monitors and medical image processing software to fully digitize the medical imaging process through the development of large scale Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Burchett received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Texas Tech University and his Master's degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. He holds more than 10 patents with numerous patents pending, serves on the Texas Tech Engineering Advisory Board and is an occasional conference speaker.