Neil MacDonald is a Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus in Gartner Research, based in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. MacDonald is a member of Gartner’s information security, privacy and risk research team, focusing on securing next-generation virtualized and cloud-based computing environments from advanced attacks. Specific research areas include endpoint detection and response, virtualization security, protection of hybrid cloud server workloads, cloud access security brokers and protection from advanced targeted attacks using adaptive security architectures.
Mr. MacDonald joined Gartner in 1995 as an Analyst on Gartner’s local area networking research team, where he focused on network computing infrastructure, including identity and access management, directory services and networked operating system security. This later evolved into Gartner’s identity and access management research area.
From 2001 through 2003, Mr. MacDonald led Gartner’s worldwide team of industry-focused analysts, extending Gartner’s research relevancy outside of the IT department to business executives wanting to use IT to better run their business. When this research team was folded back into the main research organization in 2004, Mr. MacDonald rejoined the information security research team.
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. MacDonald worked for an information management organization in IT operations, where he was a network specialist responsible for the planning, deployment, security and support of a 9,500-node multiprotocol and multiserver LAN/WAN system.
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