Network Security Research Director, Gartner Research, Flexible North America location

What makes Gartner Research a GREAT fit for you?

 You are a team player who values expert insights, bold ideas and intellectual courage.

 You are always learning and looking to discover what’s next in security technology management.

 You pursue personal excellence through team collaboration and consensus.

If this describes you, Gartner is looking for you! Gartner is an upbeat culture based on collaboration, teamwork, integrity and objectivity that values creativity and innovation. As a Gartner analyst, you’ll not only help clients solve complex challenges and deliver on key initiatives, you’ll grow your career and the scope of your impact across industries. We work hard — and we reward success with exceptional opportunity.

About this role:

This role creates thought leading Network Security research in the context of both corporate network and  virtualized (e.g.: Cloud), environments to our research and advisory clients through published research, conversations with clients (Inquiry), stage presentations, teleconferences, and client meetings. It is important that you have a vision for how network security in new technology environments will evolve worldwide and at a regional level.

What you’ll do:

As a Gartner analyst you will meet with clients every day: on the phone, in a video-conference, from the stage at a Gartner event or face-to-face during a sales support visit. In every client interaction analysts help clients solve difficult puzzles that lead to better performance. To support these conversations you will research markets, practices and trends and produce written research for Gartner clients to download and apply.

 Conduct research and analysis in specific areas of expertise targeting client’s key initiatives in the area of Network Security technologies and services.

 Provide guidance to clients that are selecting, deploying, and operating network security technologies and services in both corporate and cloud environments.

 Work collaboratively as part of a globally distributed team of analysts.

 Deliver high quality actionable advice through a variety of media.

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

 Predict how network security markets are developing, help clients in their selection process and assist vendors in overall market positioning.

 Remain ahead of the curve on developments and issues within these specified areas as well as applicable adjacent areas.

 Respond to client questions, create materials for and deliver to clients in person, via teleconference, video conference or webinar and event presentations

 Maintain the Gartner’s industry leadership reputation by responding to press inquiries

 Proactively work with the wider sales organization and deliver outstanding sales support in order to retain and grow the business

Job Requirements:

What you’ll need:

It helps to be obsessed with your topic! Gartner analysts are correctly viewed as THE experts. This means you need to know your markets, vendors, trends, management practices, etc. and be able to see the forest and the trees. Most Gartner analysts have many years of experience and enjoy solving puzzles.

A clear, demonstrable understanding of on-premises network security technology and management practices (e.g.: Enterprise Network Firewalls, IPS, Web Application Firewalls, DDoS defense, advanced threat protection, Network Access Control, network security analytics ) and management of security risks as on-premises functions are transferred to cloud environments (including a familiarity with cloud oriented security controls).

Experience in deployment and operational management of network security technologies.

Subject matter expertise in the security aspects of Software Defined Networking (SDN/SDWAN) and Software Defined Perimeters (SDP)

Familiarity with cloud network security management, with the ability to demonstrate understanding of the applications and risks in that market. Knowledge of the global landscape, and the competitive interplay between incumbents, emerging providers, disruptors and outsourcers

Demonstrated superior analytical skills, applying conceptual models, recognizing patterns while drawing and defending conclusions. Strong business and financial acumen as well as analytical skills are required for this position

Articulate and succinct communication skills. Publishing and Speaking engagements an advantage

Minimum of 10 years of experience in a research or technology related role

Bachelor's or equivalent experience, Master's degree preferred

Ability to conduct occasional travel (approximately 6-12 trips per year), regionally and globally

Job ID 00020611

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