Senior Analyst Jack Poller covers Identity and Data Security, drawing upon more than 25 years of industry experience across a broad range of systems, storage, networking, and cloud-based products and markets.
Prior to joining Enterprise Strategy Group, Jack held marketing and marketing consulting positions at storage and networking startups. Jack’s formative years in the industry were spent as a software and hardware engineer, developing multiprocessor workstations and servers, 3D graphics, storage, and networking systems. He holds bachelor degrees in Applied Math and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from the Leavy School of Business at Santa Clara University.
The core tenet of a zero trust strategy is least-privilege access. Yet, organizations continue to rely on user and machine identities that are susceptible to compromise, abuse/misuse, and theft. Risk is compounded by over-permissive, static access rights that provide little to no visibility into who and what is using access and how. Vaguer is how identities are being/should be monitored and protected. Availability of modern, cloud-managed identity services is widespread. Yet organizations have been slow to pivot their security programs from traditional endpoint, network, and SecOps to an approach that focuses on identity orchestration and experiences, which is dynamic and distributed. Where there are no perimeters, a multitude of identity verification services and managed identity services exist.