Gartner Expert

Angela Zhao

Director Analyst

Angela Zhao is a Director Analyst with Gartner Research and Advisory. Ms. Zhao is responsible for IT security topics including security operations, application security, etc.

Ms. Zhao holds various certifications including Certified Scrum Master, BSI CSA-STAR Advanced Cloud Security Auditor, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, CISSP, and CISA.

Previous experience

Angela Zhao has 15 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to Gartner, she worked in BMW Automobile Finance (China) as IT senior manager and deputy of IT head, in charge of IT strategy, governance, security, compliance, risk management, system development and operations, etc. She also has experiences as IT security senior manager in Lenovo and IT auditor / consultant in Ernst & Young.

Professional background

BMW Automotive Finance

IT Senior Manager


Information Security & Risk Senior Manager

Ernst & Young

Senior IT Auditor / Consultant

Areas of coverage

Security of Applications and Data

Security Operations

Cyber Risk

Cybersecurity Leadership

Digital Technology Leadership for CIOs in China


Master of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University.

Bachelor of Computer Software, Tsinghua University.

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Design, build and operation of a modern SOC, continuous threat exposure management (CTEM)

2DevSecOps, application security testing, software composition analysis (SCA)

3Technologies and services (mainly China vendors), such as SIEM, attack surface management (ASM), API security, attack and defense teaming, MDR

4China security laws and regulations, such as CSL, DSL, PIPL, MLPS2.0, data cross-border transfer

5Security strategy, framework, organization, outsourcing