Gartner Expert

Sam Olyaei

VP, Team Manager

Sam Olyaei is a Vice President in Gartner Research, where he is a part of the Risk and Security Management group. Mr. Olyaei brings diverse and international experience in cybersecurity practices to Gartner clients and constituents. He regularly advises Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Risk Officers and non-IT executives on maturing their security and risk practices with cutting edge research and thought leadership.

Specifically, his domain focuses on strategy, governance, staffing/talent management, policies, metrics, and executive/board reporting.

Based in Philadelphia, he is a regular speaker and presenter at Security Summits and Industry Events worldwide.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Olyaei held various roles working for vendors and consultants specializing in incident response, e-discovery, forensics and investigations.

Professional background

Stroz Friedberg

E-Discovery Analyst

Southport Harbor Associates


Areas of coverage

Executive Leadership: Strategic Risk Management

Cybersecurity Leadership


M.B.A., International Business, Quinnipiac University

B.A., Economics, Fairfield University

B.A., International Studies, Fairfield University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Creating and Formalizing a Cybersecurity Program

2Cybersecurity Strategy, Governance, Policy, Organization, Roles, Maturity and Budget

3Talent and Skills Management in Cybersecurity

4Executive Communication Including Board Presentations, Metrics and Story-Telling for Cybersecurity

5Trends in Cybersecurity