Analyst Profile

Aaron McQuaid

Aaron McQuaid

Sr Director Analyst

3 years at Gartner,  18 years industry experience

Location:  FL USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

I am a Network Security Analyst. I provide advise and insight to clients in the following areas: Network Firewalls Macrosegmentation Microsegmentation Hybrid Cloud interconnection Design Network Access Control IDS/IPS SSE I also contribute to and write research notes related to Network Security topics.


Previous Experience

I have worked at vendors (Cisco TAC 9 years), VARS (Eplus 2 years), large healthcare vendors (Allscripts 2 years), and Large Financials (Truist 2 years). Over my career I have moved from Customer Support Engineer, to Managed Service Engineer, to Principal Engineer, and finally Lead Enterprise Architect. With each move the scope of my responsibility increased and I grew closer to the nexus of technology and business. I went from how does the technology work to how does it enable the business function. I hope to use this experience going forward at Gartner to help Gartner clients make the correct technology decisions in order to create optimal business outcomes.

Professional Background

  • Allscripts, Principal Systems Engineer, 2 years
  • Eplus, Managed Services Engineer, 2 years
  • Truist Financial , Lead Enterprise Architect for Network Security, 2 years


  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - St. Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional - CCSP
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional - CISSP
  • Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert - Security
  • Masters of Engineering Management - Duke University
  • Masters of Engineering in Internetworking - Dalhousie University
  • Masters of Science in Information Security Engineering - SANS Institute (degree candidate)

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