Richard Stiennon

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Richard Stiennon

Richard Stiennon is an American veteran of the security industry and an industry analyst from Greater Detroit Area. He is the author of 'Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010)' and the 'Cyber Defense: Countering Targeted Attacks'. He is a Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest and was the former Chief Marketing Officer for Fortinet, Inc., the leading UTM vendor. Before Fortinet, he was VP Threat Research at Webroot Software. Before Webroot, Mr. Stiennon was VP Research at Gartner Inc. where he covered security topics including firewalls, intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, security consulting, and managed security services for the Security and Privacy group. He is a holder of Gartner's Thought Leadership award and was named "One of the 50 most powerful people in Networking" by NetworkWorld Magazine. He was also named "Security Superstar" by CRN magazine and named "Security Industry Pioneer" by SC Magazine. Most recently, Richard was named one of the "Top 25 Most Powerful Voices in Security" by Sys-Con Media.


Writes and publishes at the Cyber Defense Weekly newsletter.

He is widely quoted in the press including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, San Jose Mercury News, and USA Today among many other trade publications.

His blog at is also syndicated to and