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Patrick Long

Sr Principal Analyst

Patrick Long is a Principal Analyst on the Midsize Enterprise (MSE) team, focusing on cybersecurity. Mr. Long works with MSE CIOs and IT Leaders on the foundational elements of cybersecurity as well as applying appropriate, right-sized solutions to an ever-changing threat landscape.

Mr. Long also helps MSE CIOs with data and analytics governance and questions around recruiting, reskilling and retaining talent.

Previous experience

In his prior role, Mr. Long worked as a Cybersecurity Analyst at the University of South Florida, where he focused on vulnerability management. In addition to that, he also helped to create and document the day-to-day processes of the security team, leading to better workflows and a more efficient methodology. He was also a member of the Incident Response team where he performed tasks ranging from forensics to remediating phishing, and everything in between.

Professional background

University of South Florida

Cybersecurity Analyst

United States Air Force

Cryptologic Language Analyst

Areas of coverage

Midsize Enterprise IT Leadership


Defense Language Institute

Pasco-Hernando State College

University of South Florida

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How MSE CIOs and MSE security leaders can build effective cybersecurity capabilities through MSSP and MDR engagement

2How MSE CIOs and MSE security leaders can best utilize their talent pool to minimize cybersecurity risks

3How MSE CIOs and MSE security leaders can develop security operation strategies

4How MSE CIOs and MSE security leaders can leverage Gartner's ITScore for Security and Risk Management