Gartner Expert

Lawrence Orans

Managing Vice President

Lawrence Orans is a Managing VP within Gartner's Software Engineering Practice and leads a team of analysts who do research on application integration, APIs and software engineering security. His team's research focuses on helping software engineering leaders with the key decisions and initiatives they must undertake due to artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformation and other important trends.

Prior to moving into a management role, Mr. Orans spent twenty-four years as a Gartner analyst. For seventeen of those years, he tracked network security topics. Before that, he was a network infrastructure analyst.

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


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