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John A. Wheeler
Director, Research & Advisory - Integrated Risk Management
7 years at Gartner
28 years IT Industry

John A. Wheeler leads analyst coverage of integrated risk management (IRM) technology solutions and professional services. His areas of specialty include risk management, executive leadership and corporate governance. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAWheeler Read Full Bio

GDPR Requires IRM For Fast and Effective Response

by John A. Wheeler  |  September 14, 2018

This week, Gartner hosted its annual Security & Risk Management Summit in London and the buzz at the event centered on the new risks associated with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The discussion was fueled by the recent cyber attack experienced by British Airways (BA). BA disclosed the data breach just prior to our […]

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Innovative IRM Solutions Disrupt Outdated GRC Market

by John A. Wheeler  |  August 17, 2018

Gartner published its inaugural Magic Quadrant for Integrated Risk Management (IRM) several weeks ago and feedback from end-user customers has been overwhelmingly positive. What is most noteworthy is the shift away from the old, monolithic governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software platforms. As CEOs and senior executives continue to invest in risk management technology to keep pace […]

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2 Success Factors Every Top IRM Tech Solution Must Deliver

by John A. Wheeler  |  June 29, 2018

Have you ever been driving your car down the road when you notice the ride is bumpier than usual? Or perhaps, the car strangely veers to the right or the left? These signs point to the fact that your wheels are not balanced and aligned properly. The same can occur for integrated risk management (IRM) […]

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Are You Ready for Some IRM? Gartner’s 2018 Security & Risk Summit Events Span the Globe

by John A. Wheeler  |  April 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Preparations for our upcoming global summit events are at a fever pitch. A central theme for this year’s summit is how integrated risk management (IRM) can improve overall resilience to withstand a major cyber attack. “Cybersecurity Redefined in the Digital Era” describes how an IRM strategy must incorporate system assurance, business continuity and […]

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My Top 8 Popular Gartner Blog Posts for February 2018

by John A. Wheeler  |  March 2, 2018

Not to be outdone by my esteemed colleague Dr. Anton Chuvakin, here are my top 8 blog posts read in February 2018: Gartner’s New IRM Magic Quadrant Signals End of GRC Era  GRC vs. IRM Solutions – What’s the Difference?  IRM Solutions Market Will Grow to $7.3 Billion by 2020 Gartner’s Hype Cycle Focuses on Integrated Risk […]

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GRC vs. IRM Solutions – What’s the Difference?

by John A. Wheeler  |  February 13, 2018

One of the most common questions I receive from software vendors has to be “what’s the difference between GRC and IRM solutions?” Gartner has been publishing research about integrated risk management (IRM) for the past two years. While the software end-user community is excited about IRM rather than outdated governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, some […]

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3 Resolutions to Turn GRC Failure Into IRM Success

by John A. Wheeler  |  January 3, 2018

As we begin the new year, many of our clients are searching for ways to turn their failures with Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) technology into successful Integrated Risk Management (IRM) solution deployments. I talk to organizations from across the globe on a daily basis about their struggles to manage risks more effectively – particularly […]

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Seven Ways to Engage the Board on IRM

by John A. Wheeler  |  November 6, 2017

Based on public disclosures of risk oversight practices, such as those mandated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), public companies are focusing more effort and attention on improving their risk management programs, especially those related to cybersecurity and technology risk. In fact, in a recent survey of more than 600 board members by […]

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How to Get Your CEO to Embrace Digital Risk Management

by John A. Wheeler  |  October 19, 2017

As a CIO, you want to sit down with your CEO to discuss her new plan to implement cloud-based software. You’re concerned about security risks. But after some back and forth with her office, it’s clear she isn’t looking forward to meeting with you. You normally have a good rapport with her, and haven’t had […]

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Equifax Data Breach: It’s the End of Cybersecurity as We Know It

by John A. Wheeler  |  September 14, 2017

As most everyone knows by now, one of the single largest data breaches in history was disclosed last week by the credit reporting giant, Equifax. While most people are rightly focused on the immediate impacts of this breach – personal fraud, credit and identity protections, waivers of right to sue, class-action lawsuits, etc. – few […]

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