Christian A. Christiansen
Program Vice President, Security Products and Services
Christian Christiansen is the Program Vice President for IDC's Security Products and Services group. He has worked at IDC for over 20 years and founded the IDC’s security practice in 1997.
He conducts in-depth primary research and provides insight and analysis on a variety of evolving security markets. Mr. Christiansen delivers critical market intelligence to technology vendors, IT professionals, and the financial community. His current areas of interest are: IDC’s Four Pillars (Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Big Data) along with the related areas of Threat Intelligence, Iterative Intelligence, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Defense, Security Software as a Service (SaaS), Securing Internet of Things (IoT), Managed Security Services (MSS), and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
Prior to his current position with IDC, Mr. Christiansen led IDC's Asset Management service. In this position, he managed the group's research activities, analyzed end-user business issues, and developed IDC’s Cost-of-Ownership model. Mr. Christiansen also worked for IDC’s Worldwide Commercial Systems group, where he followed the followed the mid-range server market.
Before joining IDC, Mr. Christiansen founded Meta Group’s Midrange Service and consulted extensively with large users on open systems, Internet access, storage management, server consolidation, vendor negotiation, database selection, maintenance audits, software asset management, and systems/network management. Prior to Meta Group, he held positions with several system vendors and consulting firms.
Mr. Christiansen is widely traveled and quoted. He speaks at industry conferences in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia/Pacific. Mr. Christiansen’s background of end-user consulting, research and competitive analysis reinforces his emphasis on customer solutions.
As frequent poster on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media sites, Mr. Christiansen’s comments are followed by several thousand members of these respective communities.
Press and trade publications frequently call on Mr. Christiansen. His comments appear in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, and other web sites. s. His content has been published in Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian.
Mr. Christiansen holds a Masters of Science degree from Boston University and a Bachelors degree from Millersville University.Team: Directions 2014 Boston/MA: Participating 1-1 Analysts, Directions 2014 Santa Clara/CA: Participating 1-1 Analysts, Infrastructure, Security and Business Continuity, Security Products and Services, Virtualization, Worldwide Software Research,
Growth in Security Solutions Shifting from Reactive
Christian A. Christiansen, Elizabeth Corr, John Grady, Charles J. Kolodgy, Pete Lindstrom, Christina Richmond, Michael Versace
Oct 2014 - Doc # 251851 Update
This IDC update features an infographic presenting the past and future of the security industry. It provides a historical perspective of the size of the industry since 1970, as well as a mapping of the introduction of new technologies ov ...purchase document
Cloud Security Gateways — The New Security Pipeline
Pete Lindstrom, Christian A. Christiansen, John Grady, Christina Richmond, Richard L. Villars
Sep 2014 - Doc # 251546 Insight
This IDC Insight describes a new popular product category — cloud security gateways. It identifies the key functionality, differentiators and decision points, and relationships to existing products. In addition, it provides a description ...purchase document
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