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Robert Westervelt

Research Director, Security Products

Robert Westervelt is a Research Director within IDC’s Security Products group. He provides insight and thought leadership in the areas of cloud security, mobile security, and security related to the Internet of Things (IoT). Rob is also responsible for research and analysis around a wide range of evolving security markets, including endpoint security, security and vulnerability management (SVM), and identity and access management (IAM).


Prior to joining IDC, Rob was senior editor at The Channel Company where he led the information security news coverage, reporting on threats, vulnerabilities and technology trends impacting the security market for CRN. He also served as news director for TechTarget's information security publications, where he coordinated coverage of security topics and industry conferences. Additionally, he managed the news coverage and direction of Information Security magazine, where he produced podcasts, videos and other multimedia to support engaging technology packages for chief information security officers and other IT security professionals.


  • Journalism degree from the University of Connecticut
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force
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