Chris Rodriguez - Analyst Profile

Senior Industry Analyst
Network Security
Information & Communication Technologies


Functional Expertise

Industry analyst experience, including primary research, consulting projects, video presentations, and speaking engagements at industry conferences and in webinars.
Experience working on special projects including:
-International expansion due diligence and go-to-market guidance for entering new regional markets
-Merger & Acquisition due diligence research including SWOT analysis, customer satisfaction review, new product/new market analysis and strategic guidance
-Identification of potential best channel partners followed by professional introductions

Industry Expertise

Experience base in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector, leveraging long-standing relationships with Senior Executives working for leading industry participants in the areas of:
-Enterprise firewall, next generation firewall (NGFW) and unified threat management (UTM)
-Vulnerability management & vulnerability research
-Intrusion prevention systems (IPS)
-Network access control (NAC)
-Application security & patch management

What I bring to the Team

Experience helping Fortune 500 / Global 1000 clients with strategic market communication & education initiatives
Ability to communicate the business value of network security technologies to non-technical decision makers
Capacity to interact with and provide strategic business intelligence and guidance to C-Level executives

Career Highlights

Worked directly with leading firms and organizations including:
-Cisco Systems
-General Dynamics


Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

Recent items from Chris Rodriguez

“Must Have” Security Technology Reaches Mass Adoption
Malware has evolved to evade traditional security tools that rely on simple signature-matching for detection. Many of the largest companies in the world have been breached by advanced malware and the problem is only becoming more widespread. In response, sandbox analysis technologies have proven to be a more reliable and accurate approach to detect and block new and advanced (elusive and evasive) malware. As a result, the advanced malware sandbox market has grown precipitously in recent years. While demand for the new technology remains sky high, the market faces a number of challenges in coming years.
Published: Sep 09 2016 Market Research
Heightened Risks Require Strategic Adjustments
Where there is smoke, there is fire. Businesses must recognize DDoS attacks for the data security threat that they are, instead of the simple nuisances of earlier years. In this insight, Stratecast |Frost & Sullivan details the growing threat from smoke screen DDoS attacks, and offers business leaders recommendations for properly understanding DDoS risk in a cyber security context.
Published: Apr 08 2016 Stratecast
New Technologies and Threats Collide to Create Expanded Opportunities
Research Overview This Frost & Sullivan research service analyses the factors that drive and restrain the web application firewall (WAF) global market. It studies the opportunities, challenges, forecasts and trends in the market, and includes vendor profiles, market shares and competitive analysis of the leading participants. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the WAF appliances segment and WAF services segment.
Published: Feb 25 2016 Market Research
New Solutions Accelerate Market Growth
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is an increasingly popular method of cyber attack. DDoS attacks disrupt operations and block access for legitimate end users, customers, and employees, causing missed sales opportunities, end user frustration, service degradation, and embarrassment for targeted organizations. Attacks are growing in volume, sophistication, and frequency, and any online business is a target. As a result, DDoS mitigation solutions are in high demand. However, new attack techniques, growing bandwidth needs, the Internet of Things, and other IT trends will have a profound impact on the development of this high growth market.
Published: Nov 02 2015 Market Research
The challenge of bot activity in business networks has only grown in 2015, leading to the imminent emergence of dedicated bot management solutions. This SPIE will review the challenges presented by bots, emerging solutions for bot management, and the potential market for bot management.
Published: Oct 30 2015 Stratecast
Demand for Advanced Security Drives Market Growth
NGFW and UTM solutions provide essential control and inspection of inter-network communications at important network boundaries. Vendors are continually adding cutting-edge security technologies to address rapidly changing threats and emerging technologies that increase risk in organizations of all sizes. Demand for NGFW and UTM capabilities shows potential for market growth. However, the high degree of technical change in the market may prove challenging for many vendors to navigate. The study provides competitive analysis, analysis of market trends, sales by vertical industry, region, distribution channels, customer size, and product type. The base year of the study is 2014, with forecasts up to 2019.
Published: Aug 26 2015 Market Research
Convergence Accelerates Market Maturity
An intrusion prevention system (IPS) provides valuable network protection capabilities. However, the IPS market faces growing competition from network security products that offer integrated IPS functionality such as next generation firewall (NGFW) and unified threat management (UTM). More and more businesses are choosing this integrated approach to network security. As a result, convergence is limiting the growth potential for pure-play IPS products. Vendors must solidify and implement decisive strategies for navigating this stage of the IPS market.
Published: Apr 20 2015 Market Research
This SPIE examines the role, capabilities, and advantages of service providers in the DDoS mitigation process, as well as how this role might develop in the future.
Published: Mar 13 2015 Stratecast
IT Mega Trends Drive Growth and Opportunities in IAM Market
Identity and access management (IAM) is the process of identification, authentication, authorization, and administration of digital users. IAM solutions are widely used by large businesses and enterprise organizations to manage thousands of user identities. However in recent years, information technology (IT) Mega Trends such as mass smartphone adoption and cloud services have changed how organizations manage identity and access requirements. Changing IT practices create demand for new IAM solutions and generate opportunities for growth by innovative companies.
Published: Feb 05 2015 Market Research
Prospects for a Crucial but Undervalued Security Technology
The Web Application Firewall (WAF) is an essential security tool for protecting Web applications and Web sites that are of ever-growing importance in today’s economy. The WAF market is primarily driven by regulatory requirements for WAF deployment and other mandatory steps to protect Web applications and end user data. However, the WAF market holds potential for significant growth as new threats and highly publicized data breaches drive interest in WAF and other Web application security practices. WAF vendors that understand and address the challenges facing this market can make significant progress in market penetration.
Published: Oct 01 2014 Market Research
It is entirely possible that the Black Hat Conference was set in Las Vegas simply as an ironic statement about the state of information security today. Everyone is gambling. For hackers, the buy-in cost to attack a massive number of websites through simple Web scripts, spam, and malware is minimal. But with a slightly larger investment of time an...
29 Aug 2012 Blog post
2011 ushered in a new breed of cyber threats that brought major organizations including Google, RSA, and Lockheed Martin to their knees and left many others searching for answers. These attacks were alarmingly sophisticated, effective, and elusive. Furthermore, the sophistication of these attacks indicates well organized crime syndicates and nation...
30 Apr 2012 Blog post
“Dude, you’re getting a SonicWALL!” On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, Dell announced its plan to acquire a leading vendor in the Unified Threat Management (UTM) market, SonicWALL. This will allow Dell to rapidly advance its security portfolio with the addition of next generation firewall, intrusion prevention (IPS) capabilities, SSL VPN, gateway anti-vi...
13 Mar 2012 Blog post
Bounty hunter. The term conjures up images of anti-heroes and rogues with awesome weapons and tactics in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals (or maybe just mullets). So it may be a surprise that the network security industry has its own version of these vigilantes for hire. Only, instead of searching out dangerous criminals, independent researc...
03 Feb 2012 Blog post
In recent years, the fiercely competitive UTM market has focused on increasing its penetration in the enterprise market. However, UTM has traditionally been considered a small business play due to limited performance and integration but compelling price points. After years of improvements and innovations, UTM vendors now offer enterprise-grade prod...
17 Jan 2012 Blog post

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