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Sr. Director Analyst – Cloud and Network Security, Emerging Tech and Trends


About the role:

Gartner Analysts are industry thought leaders who create must-have research, market predictions and best practices for a broad range of world-leading organizations. A Senior Director serves as a leader within Gartner’s Research and Advisory sector, establishing oneself as a credible voice within their designated market at local, regional, and global levels. Utilizing exceptional research and analytical skills, a Senior Director plays a significant role in producing pragmatic and provocative research which Gartner clients consume and apply to propel their business toward key objectives. They are a trusted source of advice for clients, reinforcing Gartner’s value every day by engaging them via in-person meetings, virtual meetings, sales support visits and Gartner conferences to discuss complex client challenges and offer appropriate recommendations.

In your role as the Senior Director Analyst for ETT Cloud and Network Security , you will be primarily responsible for leading, and advising Gartner clients by researching Emerging Technology and Trends (ETT) within the Cloud and Network Security market. You will be responsible for creating and delivering both strategic and tactical advice and ETT research content which guides Technology CEOs, CISOs, Product Leaders, Product Managers and Marketing professionals on critical future security technologies through written research reports, presentations, teleconferences, inquiries, and briefings. You will mentor and guide your research and then elaborate on the evolution and impacts of those emerging technologies within the security market. During each research project, you will work closely with adjacent covering analysts, case-based researchers, and service delivery associates across Gartner, to deliver a world-class experience for our technology provider membership subscribers.

Please Note: This is an individual contributor and thought leadership role . It is NOT a management role with direct reports. This position targets candidates with prior extensive experience bringing highly competitive cloud and network security products and services to market.

What you will do:

  • Conduct research and analysis in specific areas of expertise targeting client key initiatives. 

  • Write high quality, clear, actionable, advisory research documents. 

  • Provide clients and prospects with actionable advice aligned to their designated content area via virtual or face-to-face interactions.

  • Stay up to date on developments and issues within specified research topic areas and applicable adjacent topic areas. 

  • Create innovative, thought provoking, and highly leveraged “must-have research” content.

  • Develop new research and ideas through thought leadership and offer compelling, actionable approaches to client's needs and requests that accelerate the client's ability to act.

  • Develop in-depth analysis to identify the root cause of a client’s barriers or overall needs and reframe thinking to drive strategy forward.

  • Demonstrate thought leadership in establishing research positions across a team of analysts.

  • Research, analyze and predict market trends and shifts to provide clients and vendors with actionable insights.

  • Create and deliver high value presentation materials on and off stage for Gartner events, industry and professional association conferences, and client briefings.

  • Support Research and Sales: Provide sales support serving as voice of the market to help research teams create content and to drive engagement with clients to make progress against their critical priorities to grow their business.

  • Proactively work with the wider sales organization and deliver outstanding sales support to retain and grow the business. 

  • Provide high quality and timely research content peer review.

  • Build credibility as an industry expert to represent Gartner research, methodology and strategy.

  • Actively participate in innovation, ideation, and research discussions and collaborate effectively with peers in the research community.

  • Identify research process improvements or develop new processes that help the team and Research & Advisory provide excellent service delivery.

  • Be a mentor and a coach by supporting more junior team members.

  • Be client-centric while actively seeking to help clients engage regularly and often with Gartner research and interactions.

What you will need:

  • Bachelor's degree and 12 years of experience in a related field.

  • Technical subject matter expertise in four (4) or more of the following Cloud and Network Security topic areas:

    • Network Security and Zero Trust (e.g., Zero Trust Architecture, Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA))

    • Security Service Edge (SSE)

    • Network Detection and Response

    • Micro segmentation

    • Network Firewalls

    • Secure web gateways

    • Deep technical knowledge of cloud networking products, technologies, and market trends

    • Understanding of how cloud networking supports applications and workloads in cloud environments including servers, containers, storage, and other services such as databases, load balancers and firewalls

    • Knowledge and expertise related to cloud networking resilience, cloud-based application security optimization and other related network security topics in the context of cloud deployment options.

  • Deep knowledge of the global and competitive landscape within cloud and network security markets

  • Strong schedule management self-discipline and project management skills: ability to develop research project plans, work toward established deadlines, and produce high quality research notes.

  • Demonstrated research and writing ability.

  • Strong written, verbal, analytical, and presentation skills; with the ability to communicate complex concepts concisely and simply to clients and internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data.

  • Ability to work independently as well as a collaborative member of the team supporting the workflow of others, in a global team environment.

  • Ability to represent Gartner's research methodology and strategies effectively at all levels.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Graduate degree preferred.

  • The following (and similar) certifications are preferred, but not required, for this position: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), CompTIA Cloud+, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft Azure Certified, and/or Google Associate Cloud Engineer Certification, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

  • Prior experience as a Service Delivery Leader/Manager, Consulting Practice Leader/Manager, or in a Product Management or Marketing role related to cloud or network security.

  • Prior experience working for a large IT or cybersecurity solutions/services company or large organization that implemented and leveraged cloud and/or network security solutions.



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