Analyst Profile

Neil MacDonald

Neil MacDonald

VP Distinguished Analyst

19 years at Gartner ,  29 years IT industry
Stamford, CT USA


Roles and Responsibilities

Neil MacDonald is a Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus in Gartner Research, based in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's information security and privacy research team, focusing on securing next-generation virtualized and cloud-based computing environments from advanced attacks. Specific research areas include endpoint protection, virtualization security, application security, protection of cloud-based workloads and protection from advanced targeted attacks using context-aware security and big data analytics approaches. He is currently Gartner's Lead Analyst on HP.

Background

Previous Experience

Mr. MacDonald joined Gartner in 1995 as an Analyst on Gartner's networking research team, where he focused on network computing infrastructure, including identity and access management, directory services and networked operating system security. This later evolved into Gartner's identity and access management research area. From 2001 through 2003, Mr. MacDonald led Gartner's worldwide team of industry-focused analysts, extending Gartner's research relevancy outside of the IT department to business executives wanting to use information technology to better run their business. When this research team was folded back into the main research organization in 2004, Mr. MacDonald rejoined the information security research team. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. MacDonald worked for an information management organization in IT operations, where he was a network specialist responsible for the planning, deployment, security and support of a 9,500-node multiprotocol and multiserver network.

Professional Background

Florida Power and Light, Networking Specialist, 8 years
MD Buyline, Systems Analyst, 1 year
Texas Power and Light , Transmission and SCADA Control Engineering, 4 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Named top information security industry analyst in 2011 "Most Powerful Voices in Security" by SYS-CON media
November 2011 - Named one of top 10 influencers in information security "Security Industry All-Stars" by Network World
http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2011/110111-security-all-stars.html#slide6
http://www.sys-con.com/node/1974029

Education

B.S. (distinction), Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas
M.B.A., Florida International University

Languages

English