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Frank Dickson

Research Vice President, Security Products

Frank Dickson is a Research Vice President within IDC’s Security Products research practice.  In this role, he provides thought leadership and guidance for clients on a wide range of security products including endpoint security, identity and access management, authentication, threat analytics, and emerging products designed to protect transforming architectures and business models. 


Mr. Dickson joins IDC with 20 years of industry analyst experience examining a number of interrelated content domains including security, mobile, wireless, telecom, multimedia, computing, and semiconductors.  Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Dickson served as Research Director for Frost & Sullivan, managing its Cyber Security growth partnership practice which included network security, advanced analytics, mobile security, advanced persistent threats, malware, and enterprises’ growing adoption of outsourced security services (e.g., managed and professional security services).  Mr. Dickson has also pioneered innovative research for a number of market intelligence firms serving as Vice President of Research, Mobile & Wireless with In-Stat (The NPD Group), founding MultiMedia Intelligence as Chief Research Officer, launching iSuppli’s TMT research practice, and managing Cahners In-Stat Group’s largest research practice (Multimedia) as Vice President of Research.


  • Master of International Management degree with Distinction from the Thunderbird School of Global Managemen
  • Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science Cum Laude, Operations and Production Management from Arizona State University.


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