Analyst Profile

Aaron McQuaid

Aaron McQuaid

Sr Director Analyst

2 years at Gartner ,  16 years industry experience

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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