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Simon Piff

Vice President of Security Practice

Simon Piff is the Vice President of IDC Asia/Pacific's IT Security Practice Business. He focuses on the needs of the chief security officer in an environment that encompasses cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and a continued and persistent attack from cybercriminals. Much has changed in this area since 1994, when Simon installed his first firewall, and the collision of Big Data with security, the move to a defense in-depth strategy, and the issues of insufficient numbers of well-trained staff make this a challenging area for businesses today.

Simon started his Asia/Pacific regional experience in 1989; since then, he has served in various sales, marketing management, and consulting roles for IT hardware, software, services, and online businesses. Having previously covered the storage system and then datacenter markets for IDC Asia/Pacific, Simon's career background and IDC experience put him in the ideal position to deliver valuable insights to both technology buyers and providers. Prior to joining IDC, Simon worked at Microsoft Asia/Pacific, defining the company's business intelligence, data warehousing, and data management go-to-market strategies for the region. He also worked at Digital Equipment Corporation to develop its IT security, Internet, ecommerce, and service provider business as well as with a medical dot-com in various business development and management roles.

  • MBA from Southern Cross University, Australia
How Avoidable Was the WannaCry Ransomware?

May 2017 - IDC Link - Doc # lcAP42562217

by: Simon Piff

The Security Conundrum — Should It Be Limiting or Liberating?

Jun 2016 - IDC Link - Doc # lcAP41514816

by: Avinash Kalyana Sundaram,  Simon Piff

IDC believes the Singapore government’s decision to terminate internet access for government computers, while necessary, is ultimately not a fool proof approach to addressing the cyber security challenge it faces and could in fact open it t...
In 2018, the European Union will pass into law the General Data Protection Regulation that, while focusing on the data privacy of Europeans, clearly lays out what the European Commission considers to be a mature approach to data governance....
Blockchain Implications for Internet of Things

Aug 2017 - Market Perspective - Doc # AP42165517

by: Hugh UjhazySimon Piff

This IDC Market Perspective provides a deep dive into blockchain, its concepts, and its applications. Aside from analyzing blockchain's implications for IoT, this study delves into the opportunities, challenges, and use cases for blockchain...
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