Analyst Profile

Steve Riley

Steve Riley

Sr Director Analyst

5 years at Gartner ,  30 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Steve Riley researches and writes about various aspects of public cloud security. Mr. Riley researches how to design and deploy secure workloads in public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds and how best to secure the use of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. He tracks the security and compliance capabilities of cloud service providers and monitors the threat and vulnerability landscape present in public cloud services. Related areas of research include cloud security access brokers (CASB), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), cloud data loss prevention (DLP), and container security in run-time.

Areas of Coverage

  • Security & Privacy


Previous Experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Riley participated in a variety of security projects. He worked with a team to create an incident response process and to establish a culture of security. He was part of a group that managed worldwide forums for chief security officers and security architects, seeking customer feedback and incorporating it into security-related product design. Throughout his career, at numerous events on six continents he has delivered hundreds of presentations, many of which covered various aspects of cloud security and compliance.

Professional Background

Amazon Web Services, Sr. Technical Program Manager, 2 years
Microsoft, Sr. Security Strategist, 11 years
Riverbed Technology, Technical Director/Deputy CTO, 4 years


B.Sc., Computer and Information Engineering, The Ohio State University



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