Gartner Expert

Adam Hils

Sr Director Analyst

Adam Hils is a Research Director with Gartner Research. He covers network security, including intrusion prevention systems (IPS), enterprise firewalls and UTMs. In addition, Mr. Hils provides advice to budget-constrained midsize enterprises about prioritizing security investments.

Roles and responsibility

CISO, Network Security, Network Operations

Previous experience

Mr. Hils has performed in several strategic product marketing and management roles. In those roles, he focused on helping customers enhance their security postures.

Professional background

HP Enterprise Security

Senior Product Line Manager

Barracuda Networks

Director, Enterprise Solutions

IBM Internet Security Systems

Security Strategist

Areas of coverage

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovation and Agility

Network Security


Master's degree in Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor's degree in English, Georgia Southern University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Securing networks - implementing firewalls, IPS and multifunction platforms

2Selecting IPS

3Making next-generation firewall (NGFW) decisions

4Web application firewall decisions

5Best-of-breed network security vs. multifunction platforms