Analyst Profile
Eric Ahlm
Eric Ahlm
Research Director
Atlanta, GA USA
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Years of Experience
3 years at Gartner
17 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
Security & Privacy

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Roles and Responsibilities
In his role as Research Director within the Security team at Gartner, Eric Ahlm has the charter to look broadly across the security marketplace. Looking broadly allows Mr. Ahlm to find fast-moving and disruptive trends that can impact multiple security markets, and identify market factors such as convergence growth, slowdowns, or changes in competitive landscapes due to emerging trends. Mr. Ahlm's broad charter allows him to speak with enterprise buyers, security product and service providers and investors worldwide about topical security issues and market movements. Lately, Mr. Ahlm has been following security trends such as advanced-threat defense, mobile device security, BYOD, security virtualization and transformation in private and public cloud environments, security as a service (SecaaS), threat intelligence, security information analytics, telekinesis, incident response and user authentication. Although Mr. Ahlm is often looking at emerging technologies, many of the trends that he follows come from looking at disruptive forces in major markets, such as NGFW, IPS, EPP, SWG, SEG, user authentication, MDM, EMM, SSL VPN, DDoS and SIEM. This role allows Mr. Ahlm to help security vendors plan future investments that are aligned to the market direction, security buyers understand how emerging trends can impact their security programs or budgets, and investors understand global growth opportunities for security.
Previous Experience
Mr. Ahlm's broad coverage at Gartner is founded on his equally broad experience with security technologies prior to coming to coming to Gartner. He spent six years working in the field of security consulting at a regional provider called Vigilar. His responsibilities there included performing ethical hacking services, running a security product testing lab for hundreds of security technologies, and advising clients on security strategies and technologies. Mr. Ahlm left Vigilar to follow an opportunity with Cisco Systems as a security specialist for five years. At Cisco, his primary responsibly was to advise its key customers on security technologies and the best approach to solving common security challenges. What Cisco added to his vantage point was the need to work with broader decision makers outside of security in projects where security was not the primary goal. This helped him gain insights into other relevant technologies, such as data center virtualization, rich media extension, Web-based collaboration tools, and cloud-based offerings, where the underlying question was, "What is the security risk of adoption to this new method of doing business?"
Professional Background
Cisco Systems, Security Specialist, 5 years
Vigilar, Director of Emerging Technologies, 5 years
Symantec, Security Partner Channel Manager, 1 year
BSEET Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technologies, 1998

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SWOT: Intel Security (McAfee), Security Software and Services, Worldwide 10-Sep-2014 Eric Ahlm, Ruggero Contu, Lawrence Pingree
How Context and Adaptive Techniques Impact the Authentication Market 09-Sep-2014 Eric Ahlm
Report Highlight for Market Trends: Cybersecurity Service Providers Invade the Enterprise Security Service Market 14-Apr-2014 Eric Ahlm
Cool Vendors in Security for Technology and Service Providers, 2014 11-Apr-2014 Ruggero Contu, Sid Deshpande, Lawrence Pingree, Eric Ahlm
Competitive Landscape: Cloud-Based Secure Web Gateway and Secure Email Gateway Service Providers 09-Apr-2014 Eric Ahlm