Gartner Expert

Ryan Benson

Sr Director Analyst

Ryan Benson's coverage in the Endpoint and Operations Security team focuses on security operations and vulnerability management, including managed security services (MSS), managed detection and response services (MDR), security information and event management (SIEM) technologies, user entity and behavior analytics (UEBA) tools, security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) tools, threat intelligence, and security operations centers (SOCs).

Previous experience

Mr. Benson joined Gartner after working for Presidio, where he was Senior Director of Risk, Compliance and Security Operations. There he was responsible for Presidio's managed security operations and product development, as well as leading Presidio's security operations center. Previous to his work at Presidio, Ryan was a Captain in the United States Air Force for 9 years where he served as a Cyber Operations Officer and directed daily operations and information security policy for a high security critical network. Ryan still holds an active Top Secret government clearance. Ryan brings deep knowledge of security operations and security services management that will benefit our clients.

Professional background


Senior Director of Risk, Compliance, and Security Operations

US Air Force

Cyber Operations Officer

Areas of coverage

Security Operations


Masters of Science, Information Technology, Grantham University, Graduate with Distinction

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Virginia Military Institute

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Aiding selection of the most effective MSSP

2Defining security monitoring services and technologies strategy

3Identifying appropriate security analytics toolsets for use cases

4Setting best practice for security operations