A Research Director in the Information Security, Privacy and Risk group divides his or her time among the following responsibilities: Client inquiry, including research to answer inquiries, published research (text and presentations), in-the-field sales and client support, administration and other.
Research Directors may emphasize certain activities over others, but a good Research Director excels in all areas. Exceptional writing, analytic, public speaking, and group dynamics skills are required.
A Research Director in the Network Security area should have in-depth knowledge of network security technologies, vendors and deployment best practices.
There will be a focus on providing advice to clients on technology evaluation and selection for the following technologies: enterprise firewall, intrusion prevention, advanced threat detection, network forensics, security monitoring and vulnerability assessment.
In this role, you will:
- Research and gather data in support of analysis and position development in areas related to network security.
- Perform research by reading, networking with clients, industry contacts, vendors and analysts, and by evaluating and analyzing information.
- Participate in research meetings, and conduct interviews, surveys, and reviews of statistical analysis.
- Create specified written research in fulfilment of Gartner's commitment to clients and as defined in annual job commitments.
- Respond to client inquiries as required, providing individualized advice to user or vendor clients, lead and conduct client audio teleconferences.
- Present at multiple conferences as an industry expert.
- Provide sales support by speaking to prospective and existing clients by telephone and through face-to-face sales calls.
- Take press calls relevant to research expertise areas to promote the Gartner brand.
- 7-12 years work experience in relevant corporate or professional service organization, solving user problems in information security, with a focus on network security technologies such as enterprise firewall, intrusion prevention, advanced threat detection, network forensics, security monitoring and vulnerability assessment.
- Network security technology implementation experience (preferred) in a user organization, or experience as a product manager for a vendor.
- Understanding of emerging threats, and strategies for early breach detection and infrastructure protection.
- An understanding of data center networking; understanding of managed security services highly desirable.
- Working knowledge of FISMA is desirable.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong communicator who is able to explain complex concepts both concisely and simply.
- Basic understanding of market research, data collection and analysis.
- A strong team working ethos.
- Bachelor's degree in related field.
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