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Pete Lindstrom

Vice President of Research, Enterprise / NextGen Security

Pete Lindstrom is Vice-President of security research with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP). He has extensive and broad expertise with a variety of information security products, but is best known as an authority on cybersecurity economics issues such as strategic security metrics, estimating risk and return, and measuring security programs. He has also focused on applying core risk management principles to new technologies, architectures, and systems, focusing on the use of virtualization, cloud security, and big data. He has developed the "Four Disciplines of Security Management" (a security operations model), and the "5 Immutable Laws of Virtualization Security," which was integrated into guidance from the PCI Council.

Prior to joining IDC in 2014, Pete accumulated 25 years of industry experience as an IT auditor, IT security practitioner, and industry analyst. He is a frequent contributor to business and trade publications and is often quoted in USA Today, WSJ Online, Information Security Magazine, VAR Business,, and CSO Magazine. His columns and articles have appeared in Information Security Magazine,, ISSA Journal, and CSO Online. Additionally, Mr. Lindstrom is a popular speaker at the RSA Security Conference, InfoSec World, ISSA International Conference, and many regional conferences.

Pete served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Notre Dame.

McAfee announced a definitive agreement to acquire Skyhigh Networks. Skyhigh Networks brings into McAfee a cloud security gateway offering with a robust database of control elements for over 25,000 SaaS applications, providing security capa...
This IDC study evaluates the major players in the cloud security platform market and identifies their strengths and challenges. "Every organization that uses cloud applications needs a cloud security platform to protect its data," said Pete...
IDC PlanScape: EU General Data Protection Regulation Compliance

Jun 2017 - IDC PlanScape - Doc # US42574817

by: Alexei Proskura,  Jonas KnudsenAdriana AllocatoSilvia PiaiDuncan Brown,  Angela Gelnaw,  Pete Lindstrom

This IDC study provides guidelines for the adoption of the GDPR for all organizations to help them define a compliant information management strategy, including the data governance mechanisms and the desired technology architecture that can...
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