Gartner Expert

Lawrence Orans

Managing Vice President

Lawrence Orans focuses on network security research. He assists chief information security officers and their direct reports in developing network-based strategies for mitigating security threats. Mr. Orans is the lead author for Gartner's Secure Web Gateway Magic Quadrant. He also helps drive Gartner's SASE research and Zero Trust research.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner in 1997, Mr. Orans held systems engineering positions at IBM, 3Com and Bay Networks (via Wellfleet Communications), where he worked with enterprises on designing and implementing secure network infrastructures.

Professional background


Programmer/Systems Engineer


Systems Engineer

Bay Networks

Systems Engineer

Areas of coverage

Infrastructure Security


M.B.A., Stern School of Business at New York University

B.S., Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Developing strategies for migrating to SASE

2Best practices for selecting and implementing secure web gateway (SWG) solutions

3Developing strategies for adopting Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

4Analyzing network detection and response (NDR) solutions

5Mitigating the impact of DDoS attacks