Gartner Expert

John Watts

VP Analyst

John Watts works in Research Infrastructure Protection covering the Security Service Edge (SSE) components of SASE architectures such as secure web gateways (SWG), zero trust network access (ZTNA), and cloud access security brokers (CASB). John also covers network access control (NAC), Cyber Asset and Attack Surface Management (CAASM), web application and API protection (WAAP), and Zero Trust strategies and implementation advice.

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 of Applications and Data

Security Operations

Infrastructure Security


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 can we govern the use of SaaS?

4How do we select and manage Cloud Access Security Brokers?

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