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Andrew Walls
Research Director
5 years at Gartner
35 years IT industry

Andrew Walls is a research director in Gartner Research, where he specializes in information security practices, tools and markets in social media, enterprise governance, awareness/communications, directories, investigations and security program management. ...Read Full Bio

Data Residency and Russia

by Andrew Walls  |  October 3, 2014

Numerous media outlets have reported on the recent move by Russia’s Duma to expand data protection regulations (see , These regulatory changes have generated a fair amount of angst as organizations providing services via the internet to citizens and residents of Russia have scrambled to figure out what they need to do to […]

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Google, EU Privacy ruling and Privacy

by Andrew Walls  |  May 19, 2014

Last week quite a number of headlines were generated by a court ruling concerning the responsibility of a search engine provider to filter search hits that conflict with an individual’s privacy requirements. Although the details of implementation and enforcement will take some time to sort themselves out, on the face of it, this judgement appears […]

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Printable guns and the FUD factor

by Andrew Walls  |  May 10, 2013

The web is all abuzz about the emergence of workable designs for the manufacture of simple guns via a 3d printer. Defense Distributed ( is behind much of this furor as they have released CAD files that enable anyone with sufficient resources (an appropriate 3D printer, raw materials and basic mechanical skills) to print […]

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How do you get to secure behavior? Practice, man, practice.

by Andrew Walls  |  March 21, 2013

In conversation with a client today the phrase ‘weak link in the security chain’ came up as a description of users. This is a typical belief or attitude in IT security and, I would hazard, the IT industry at large. The user is typically seen as a problem to be managed while simultaneously being our […]

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A Right to Privacy? Really?

by Andrew Walls  |  May 7, 2012

On a regular basis I find myself perplexed by someone asserting that they have a ‘right’ to something. This is particularly the case when someone tells me that they have a right to privacy. What on earth do they mean? I am not the first to ask this question and many different (and often conflicting) […]

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Exploring the limits of social media transparency, privacy and free speech

by Andrew Walls  |  February 17, 2012

This morning I spent some time listening in on a hearing on DHS monitoring of social networking and media. The hearing was held by the US Congressional Sub-committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, chaired by Patrick Meehan. Transcripts of the testimony are available here ( ) as well as a video playback of the hearing. […]

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