Analyst Profile

Ruggero Contu

Ruggero Contu

Research Director

16 years at Gartner ,  16 years industry experience
Loceri Italy

Roles and Responsibilities

In his role as Research Director, Ruggero Contu has been advising Gartner clients on the broad topic of information security during the last 15 years. Mr. Contu's long-standing research focus on the information security market has enabled him to develop a deep understanding of the technology trends, competitive dynamics and main issues affecting security professionals and technology and service providers (TSPs) in this area. He supports and advises a variety of professionals and roles dealing with information security, ranging from TSPs to buyers and investors with a worldwide and regional-specific focus. Alongside his broad coverage of key security technology sectors, Mr. Contu has lately been expanding his coverage on Internet of Things (IoT)-operational technology (OT) security, cloud-based security, threat intelligence services and endpoint security. His research on security is particularly focused on regional trends. His work with TSPs gained him considerable experience in providing advice on the design of optimum go-to-market, product and messaging strategies. Although Mr. Contu's focus has been on emerging technologies, many trends he follows come from analyzing disruptive forces in major markets, such as endpoint protection platform (EPP), managed security services (MSSP), secure email gateways (SEGs), security information and event management (SIEM), and identity and access management (IAM). This role allows Mr. Contu to help security vendors plan future investments that are aligned with the market direction, security buyers understand how emerging trends can impact their security programs or budgets, and investors identify global growth opportunities for security.

Areas of Coverage

  • Software Markets
  • Security & Privacy
  • IT Operations


Previous Experience

In his previous role at Gartner, Mr. Contu was the leading worldwide market analyst for the IT operations management (ITOM) area. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Contu worked at Pernod Ricard, where he helped implement an ERP system dealing with security-related aspects.

Professional Background

Gartner, Principal Research Analyst, 11 years
World Brands Duty Free (Pernod Ricard Group), Sales and Operations Executive (Supporting ERP Implementation), 3 years


B.A., European Studies, with honors, Royal Holloway, University of London
M.S., Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London