Analyst Profile

John Watts

John Watts

Sr Director, Analyst

3 years at Gartner ,  23 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

John Watts works in Research Infrastructure Protection covering secure access service edge (SASE) security technologies including secure web gateways (SWG), cloud access security brokers (CASB), network access control (NAC), web application and API protection (WAAP), and "Zero Trust" strategies and implementations including identity-based segmentation and zero trust network access (ZTNA).


Previous Experience

Prior to this, Mr. Watts built a security engineering and operations team from scratch focused on preventative security controls. He designed security solutions including network segmentation, intrusion prevention systems, cloud-based proxy controls, firewalls, enterprise mobility management, data loss prevention, identity and access management systems including SAML and OAuth/OpenID Connect, client and server antivirus, PCI and SOX compliance controls, and cloud security (SaaS and IaaS).

Professional Background

Greenbrier and Russel, Senior Consultant, 3 years
Micron Technology, Sr. Manager IT/Lead Enterprise Security Architect, 12 years
Southwest Airlines, Software Architect, 4 years


B.B.A., Information Systems and International Business, Cum Laude, Baylor University



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