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Sean Pike

Program Vice President, Security Products

C. Sean Pike is Program Vice President for IDC's Security Products group. In this role, Mr. Pike leads IDC's Security Products, Data Security, Information Governance & eDiscovery, and Identity & Access Management research programs. 

Mr. Pike provides competitive intelligence, strategic advisory, and thought leadership for security, data protection, governance, risk, compliance, and legal discovery technology and solutions.  He examines the implications of emerging technology, legal and regulatory developments, and the threat landscape on organizations’ risk and compliance programs, information governance and data privacy initiatives, and legal discovery efforts. He also tracks the convergence of information management, storage, security, and IT operations technologies and the impact on various governance and discovery use cases.


Mr. Pike joined IDC in 2014 with 17 years of experience blending operational security, audit, and risk functions with the demands of regulatory and compliance programs within highly regulated industry. As both a hands on practitioner and attorney, he is uniquely positioned to interpret the legal and regulatory landscape providing insight on products and services designed to meet evolving security and discovery requirements.


  • J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law
  • Attorney licensed in the State of Maryland
  • M.S. in Telecommunications from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
  • Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in National Security and Counterterrorism Law from the Syracuse University College of Law
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
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