Author Profile

Andrew Walls

Andrew Walls

Distinguished VP Analyst

16 years at Gartner,  46 years' experience

Location:  CA USA  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Andrew Walls is a Distinguished Vice President Analyst in Gartner Research & Advisory. His research focuses on the CISO with emphases on security strategy, CISO skills/career development, management communications, employee behavior management/education and ethical practices within the security function. Outside of Gartner, Mr. Walls is an active hiker and backpacker.


Previous Experience

Mr. Walls has more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Walls was a principal security consultant for Cybertrust Australia, where his practice focused on ISMS development, security governance, breach investigations and compliance assessments. Before that, he worked in financial services security for HBOSA (BankWest). Prior to his concentration on information security, Mr. Walls worked in software development, product management, database design and IT management for commercial and educational organizations.

Professional Background

  • Coflexip Stena Offshore, IT Manager and Security Director, 1 year
  • Cybertrust Australia, Principal Security Consultant, 4 years
  • Halifax Bank of Scotland Australia (BankWest), Information Security and Risk Specialist, 4 years


  • B.A., Chemistry and Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.B.A., Marketing and Finance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Gartner Analyst of the Year, 2014
  • Gartner Presentation Excellence Award, 2016