Gartner Expert

Chris Silva

VP Analyst

Chris Silva is a Research Vice President on Gartner's Endpoint and Workspace Security team focused on the market for endpoint protection and detection technology. Chris's research and advisory support clients making investments in EPP and EDR tooling, securing endpoints and their data and using tools like Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and strategies such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to improve the ability to get work done anywhere, securely.

Chris's background in advisory, consulting and IT support offer a unique perspective to support Gartner's clients; supporting end-user organizations in choosing and optimizing technology, helping vendors tune products to current market needs and supporting investors to make winning bets in emerging markets.

Outside of work, Chris can often be found cycling, hiking or paddling in and around New England.

Previous experience

Chris has dedicated his career to providing trusted advice on IT strategy for end users and market and product strategy for IT vendors. His experience in analyzing markets has included endpoint management, wireless network infrastructure, VPN, SD WAN and SaaS applications. Chris has interwoven his analyst work with experience in market sizing and forecasting for private equity clients, product strategy for financial services clients, IT support and product marketing.

His professional background includes work in scoping and managing complex, research-backed consulting engagements, conducting primary research to inform strategic private equity investments and running marketing and PR functions for a boutique analyst firm focused on SaaS software.

Professional background

Altimeter Group

Senior Analyst

The Institute for Applied Network Security

Senior Vice President, Research and Service Delivery

Forrester Research

Senior Analyst

Areas of coverage

Digital Workplace Infrastructure and Operations

Security of Applications and Data

Infrastructure Security


B.S., Marketing, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Endpoint protection platforms (EPP) Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

2Endpoint security strategy to defend against ransomware

3Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Protections and Policies

4SaaS application posture management (SSPM/SMP for security use-cases)

5Mobile device security and management (UEM, Mobile Device Management, MTD)