Neil MacDonald

Neil MacDonald

Distinguished VP Analyst
Neil MacDonald is a Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus in Gartner Research, based in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner's technology service provider organization focusing on how vendors and end-user organizations secure hybrid multi-cloud and edge-based computing environments. Specific research areas include container/serverless security, protection of cloud workloads and applications, cloud security posture management and protection from advanced and targeted attacks with zero trust, adaptive security architectures based on a continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment (CARTA) strategic approach. His most recent research area explores the convergence of network and network security as a service into a cloud-based secure access service edge (SASE) and security service edge (SSE), enabling zero trust, anywhere/anytime access for a digital business and workforce.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2022 / 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM EDT
A Pragmatic Approach to Implementing a Zero Trust Security Architecture

Changes in the threat landscape and ineffectiveness of current security architectures have created significant interest in zero trust security architectures. This presentation will pragmatically explore zero trust and zero trust networking and extend these concepts to operating systems, applications, users and data. Topics will include the NIST architectures for zero trust as well as technologies and vendors providing solutions.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Crossfire Debate: Zero Trust — Hype or Hope?

To some, zero trust is the best path forward for information security requiring a complete rethinking of security architectures. To others, zero trust is just more of the same — with a catchier name. This session will feature multiple Gartner analysts covering zero trust arguing for and against the zero trust security paradigm. Attendees will be able to submit questions and feedback from their own zero trust journeys.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT
Best Practices for Securing Cloud-Native Applications Built on Containers and Kubernetes

Cloud-native applications are not inherently insecure, but are being deployed insecurely, driven by developers and a need for agility in service development and deployment. Security and risk management leaders must address container and Kubernetes security issues around vulnerabilities, visibility, compromise and compliance continuously across development and operations.

Thursday, June 09, 2022 / 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM EDT
Developing a Strategy for SASE Adoption to Securely Enable the Anywhere Workforce

Enterprises are shifting to hybrid work environments to enable anywhere, anytime access to resources that are located everywhere -- in SaaS, in public cloud IaaS with some workloads in the traditional data center. A SASE strategy enables users, devices and branches zero trust access to resources, regardless of location. This session will lay out a strategic timeframe and roadmap for SASE adoption

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