Christopher ZellVP, Cyber Operations and Analysis, Dell Technologies
Chris is currently Vice President, Cyber Operations and Analysis, for Dell Technologies. In this role, Chris leads the strategy and optimization of Dell's Cyber Security Operations (CSIRT, eFI, Security Assurance and Vulnerability Management) globally. Prior to joining Dell, Chris served at the first CISO for the Wendy's company, where he spent five years growing and maturing the Information Security organization, with responsibility for the security of over 6,800 restaurants as well as a massive e-commerce platform. Before joining Wendy's, Chris was the first Director of Cyber Security Operations for Lowe's Home Improvement, building out their first Security Operations Center, and held various leadership roles during his tenure.
A decorated 22-year veteran of the US Air Force, Chris spent his military career building, protecting, and defending critical systems and networks from some of the most advanced threat actors in the world. Passionate about giving back to the community, Chris is known as a trusted mentor and champion of diversity and inclusion, and is a staunch supporter of our military veterans.
Chris is the Vice-Chair of the Retail and Hospitality Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RH-ISAC), an Executive Committee member of the Cybersecurity Collaborative, and frequent advisor to cyber start-ups and VCs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Western Governors University as well as multiple industry certifications.
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