Gartner Expert

John Watts

Sr Director, Analyst

John Watts works in Research Infrastructure Protection covering secure web gateways (SWG), network access control (NAC), web application firewalls (WAF), network security policy managers (NSPM), and "Zero Trust" networking including micro segmentation and zero trust network access (ZTNA).

Previous experience

Prior to this, Mr. Watts built a security engineering and operations team from scratch focused on preventative security controls. He designed security solutions including network segmentation, intrusion prevention systems, cloud-based proxy controls, firewalls, enterprise mobility management, data loss prevention, identity and access management systems including SAML and OAuth/OpenID Connect, client and server antivirus, PCI and SOX compliance controls, and cloud security (SaaS and IaaS).

Professional background

Micron Technology

Sr. Manager IT/Lead Enterprise Security Architect

Southwest Airlines

Software Architect

Greenbrier and Russel

Senior Consultant

Areas of coverage

Security and Risk Management Leaders

Infrastructure Security

Education

B.B.A., Information Systems and International Business, Cum Laude, Baylor University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How can we secure network infrastructure?

2How can we provide secure web access?

3How do we select and manage network security technologies and services?

4How do we define and implement network security processes?

5How can we implement network based controls to secure cloud applications and workloads?