Gartner Expert

Peter Firstbrook

Distinguished VP Analyst

Mr Firstbrook utilizes his 20+ years of experience as an industry analyst to help clients improve their security posture to defend and respond hacking, ransomware, and phishing attacks. As a Research VP with Gartner, Mr. Firstbrook is responsible for endpoint protection platform ("EPP"), Endpoint Detection and Remediation ("EDR"), extended detection and response (XDR), and Secure Email gateways ("SEG"). He is the lead Analyst for Cisco Systems inc. and prepares the annual top Security and risk management trends. He helps companies implement best practices, select strategic technologies and negotiate the best deal.

Previous experience

Before joining Meta Group in May 1997, Mr. Firstbrook worked as a financial analyst, implemented retail and branch office networks, developed software for tax reporting/invoicing programs, and was a database administrator.

Professional background

Meta Group

Sr. Research Analyst

Syndication Monitors

Financial Analyst/Marketing Director

Yorkminister Financial

Database/Network Administrator

Areas of coverage

Infrastructure Security


B.S., Computer Science, American Institute, Delta Epsilon Tau honors

B.A., Economics, University of Western Ontario

Canadian Securities Diploma, Canadian Securities Institute

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How do we defend against hacking and malware attacks like ransomware.

2How do we filter email to stop spam and phishing attacks?

3How do we stop malware and other attacks that come from web sites when users are roaming

4What Microsoft security tools can we take advantage of in 0365 and Windows 10

5how do we do application control correctly