Christopher Van Der Made

Product Management Leader

Cisco XDR

Christopher is from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and of both Dutch and American nationality. Christopher received a bachelors in Neuroscience and Computer Science, and a masters in Information Science at the University of Amsterdam. He joined Cisco through the Graduate program in 2015. Since June 2022, he is an Engineering Product Manager in Cisco XDR, with focus on response and automation. Before that, he was a Consulting Systems Engineer for 4 years in the Northern European security team and a Developer Advocate with focus on Security in Cisco DevNet for 2.5 years.  At Cisco, Christopher focusses on the security portfolio, and also on general cybersecurity topics. His main areas of expertise are Cisco XDR, Cisco SecureX, Cisco Umbrella, Cisco Secure Endpoint, Threat Hunting, SOC's and DevSecOps. Christopher loves programming and automation. He learned coding in C, but currently his favorite language is Python. He also very much likes to make use of low-to-no-code platforms (e.g. Cisco XDR Automation, Pipedream, Zapier, etc.). He is always working on a new project.


March 27, 2024


Introducing Cisco XDR Playbooks: Finding the balance in automating and guiding incident response

3 min read

Delve into the world of Cisco XDR Playbooks, enhancing security operations with strategic guides and automation for robust incident response.

June 13, 2022


Cisco SecureX Is Taking Over the DevNet Zone on Tuesday

2 min read

Tuesday afternoon, June 14th at Cisco Live, the Cisco SecureX team will "take over" the DevNet Zone with sessions, interviews, demos, easy access to experts, and (most importantly) ice cream! Join us!

June 1, 2022


Get Ready for Shift-Left Security at CLUS

4 min read

Responsibility for security checks and controls is moving to developers earlier in the code development pipeline. Check out the "shift-left" sessions and workshops coming to Cisco Live 2022, in-person... in-Vegas, or virtually.

April 21, 2022


How to make threat hunting feasible, Part I: Detection

6 min read

From Developer to Operations: How your enterprise applications can be attacked, and how to guard against it.

April 26, 2022


Letter from Oslo: The NDC Security 2022 Conference

5 min read

When you find yourself on a business trip and forget the code to your corporate AmEx, you know you haven’t been on the road for a while. NDC Security was a great way to get myself back into the conference configuration. I learned a lot at this show and had a great time giving two talks.

March 30, 2022


Securing Your Cloud-Native Application with Cisco App-First Security

4 min read

Updated learning lab and sandbox lets you use Cisco's Application-First Security solution to gain visibility into application behavior and increase the effectiveness of security controls. You'll get your hands dirty with technologies including git, Kubernetes, GitLab, Docker, and AWS.

March 24, 2022


5 Python Security Traps You Need to Avoid

7 min read

Learn about five common Python mistakes that can cause serious vulnerabilities in production applications, and how to avoid them.

December 15, 2021


What Is Log4j and Why Security Alerts Matter to DevSecOps Teams

3 min read

Learn how a Cisco SecureX automation can alert security operations (DevSecOps) teams when a new critical impact security advisory is published from the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT).

November 19, 2021


Secure Code Warriors – Final Battle Winners

3 min read

Meet the three winners of the Secure Code Warrior tournament held during Cisco DevNet Create 2021.