Fayaz Khaki Joins IDC as Associate Research Director, European Security Research, for the ICT Vendor and End-User Community

London, March 24, 2014 – IDC is delighted to announce the appointment of Fayaz Khaki to the position of Associate Research Director, European Information Security Research. In this role, Khaki will deliver key insights and intelligence on the evolving information security landscape and its implications for the IT ecosystem. For example, he will be looking at the security implications of the transition to the Third Platform with a focus on emerging technologies such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, Big Data, and social business. Khaki is also following developments around the pending EU data protection regulation closely, and will discuss its implications for IT end users and vendors in his research.

Prior to joining IDC, Khaki was a client-facing manager at Ernst and Young LLP where he specialized in information security within the advisory practice. His main sector focus was the financial services industry, where he acted as a trusted advisor to a number of large banks and insurance organizations. Khaki has delivered a number of multimillion dollar engagements across the information security domain, most recently in data security and privacy, identity and access management, application security assessments, ISO 27002:2005 compliance, compliance monitoring (e.g., security patching), and information security policy and processes

"Fayaz is a fantastic addition to the European team, bringing a wealth of in-depth knowledge not only about IT security, but also of many wider IT issues affecting IT vendors and buyers," said Philip Carter, vice president for European Research, IDC. "I am confident that clients will find him insightful and engaging and he is already much in demand."

In his research, Khaki will cover a broad portfolio of security technologies, including identity and access management (IAM) software, network security software, endpoint security software, messaging security software, web security software, and security and vulnerability management (SVM) software. Based on his background, he will also have a major focus on writing for and advising IDC's end-user clients on topics relating to IT security and data protection.

Khaki holds a masters in information security from Royal Holloway University of London and obtained Data Protection Practitioner certification from BCS, The Charted Institute for IT.

Khaki is based in IDC's London office, and can be found at fkhaki@idc.com or on LinkedIn.