Author Profile

Charlie Winckless

Charlie Winckless

Sr Director Analyst

2 years at Gartner,  34 years' experience

Location:  NM USA  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Charlie Winckless is a Senior Director Analyst on Gartner's Infrastructure Protection team, focusing on the evolution of cloud and network security. His research covers Zero Trust strategies and approaches, the Security Service Edge (SSE - including CASB, SWG, and ZTNA), and extends to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS security, governance, and markets including CSPM, SSPM, CWPP, and CNAPP.


Previous Experience

Charlie is a cybersecurity veteran with over 20 years' experience in the field and cut his IT teeth at IBM before going on to study computer science at Manchester University in the UK. He installed his first firewall in 1997 and immediately discovered his passion for cybersecurity -- a field where he could finally put his healthy paranoia to use for others. Over his career, Charlie has worked as a consultant and engineer across the security spectrum, helping his clients understand and address unique business risks.

Professional Background

  • INX, Senior Security Architect, 6 years
  • Network Architechs, Security Consultant, 5 years
  • Presidio, Senior Director, Cybersecurity Solutions, 10 years


  • B.Sc, Computer Science, University of Manchester

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • CCIE Emeritus #7331