Gartner Expert

Sam Evans

Sr Director Analyst

Sam Evans works in Research Infrastructure Protection covering secure web gateways (SWG), enterprise firewalls, network segmentation and intrusion detection/prevention (IDPS) technologies.

Previous experience

Prior to this, Mr. Evans managed teams which were responsible for all aspects of Data Center Operations, including Networking (WAN and LAN), Network Security, Compute (Physical, Virtual and Cloud), Storage and Database Platforms. He has in-depth experience with many hardware platforms and vendors used within the data center environment.

Prior to becoming the Data Center Operations Director, he was also a Senior Security Architect where he designed many of the security platforms that protect the manufacturing and corporate environments. His focus was on platforms ranging from Intrusion Prevention (IPS), Endpoint Security Solutions, Secure Web Gateways, as well as deep packet inspection technologies. He also has extensive knowledge of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) regulations.

Professional background

Micron Technology

Director, Data Center Operations

Transform Solar

IS Manager

US Bancorp

Sr. Technology Engineer

Areas of coverage

Security and Risk Management Leaders

Infrastructure Security


B.S., Information Technology, University of Phoenix

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How can we secure our network while keeping management overhead to a minimum?

2How do we select and manage a network security solution that meets our requirements?

3How do we select and manage a Secure Web Gateway solution?

4How do we address technical debt from a security segmentation perspective?

5Which Firewall solution is right for our organization?

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