Gartner Expert

Charlie Winckless

Sr Director Analyst

Charlie Winckless is a Senior Director Analyst on Gartner's Infrastructure Protection team, focusing on the evolution of cloud and network security. His research covers Zero Trust strategies and approaches, the Security Service Edge (SSE - including CASB, SWG, and ZTNA), and extends to IaaS, PaaS and SaaS security, governance, and markets including CSPM, SSPM, CWPP, and CNAPP.

Previous experience

Charlie is a cybersecurity veteran with over 20 years' experience in the field and cut his IT teeth at IBM before going on to study computer science at Manchester University in the UK.

He installed his first firewall in 1997 and immediately discovered his passion for cybersecurity -- a field where he could finally put his healthy paranoia to use for others. Over his career, Charlie has worked as a consultant and engineer across the security spectrum, helping his clients understand and address unique business risks.

Professional background


Senior Director, Cybersecurity Solutions


Senior Security Architect

Network Architechs

Security Consultant

Areas of coverage

Security of Applications and Data

Infrastructure Security

Cyber Risk


B.Sc, Computer Science, University of Manchester

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Securing cloud properties and access to the cloud

2Zero Trust approaches in a hybrid world

3Security Service Edge solutions and connectivity

4Securely governing cloud usage