John Grady

John Grady

ESG Analyst John Grady covers network security at ESG. John leverages over 15 years of IT vendor and analyst experience to help clients identify and quantify key market trends to facilitate data-driven business decisions. Prior to ESG, John spent four years at Symantec, where he was responsible for developing market insights in support of product, go-to-market, and executive stakeholders. Previous to that, John worked as an analyst covering network, web, and email protection, leading initial research initiatives on then-emerging areas such as advanced threat prevention and DDoS. As an analyst, he has also focused on infrastructure channels, assessing and advising on the go-to-market strategies of IT vendors, especially from an indirect perspective. John has been quoted in Network World, CSO, eWeek, and Investor’s Business Daily, among other publications. He holds a B.A. in History from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.

Recent Posts by John Grady:

ESG Research Report: Transitioning Network Security Controls to the Cloud

Abstract:

Fundamental changes to network architectures, primarily due to the adoption of cloud services and the implementation of mobility, have rendered traditional approaches to defending the perimeter—to the extent that it exists—and brokering secure access to corporate resources insufficient. As such, network security controls are being reevaluated, with organizations increasingly looking to cloud-delivered solutions that provide centralized management and distributed enforcement, integrate with SD-WAN architectures, and enable secure access to cloud services.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Master Survey Results: Transitioning Network Security Controls to the Cloud

Abstract:

ESG’s Master Survey Results provide the complete output of syndicated research surveys in graphical format. In addition to the data, these documents provide background information on the survey, including respondent profiles at an individual and organizational level. It is important to note that these documents do not contain analysis of the data.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on modern network security challenges, plans, and strategies as organizations look to cloud-delivered solutions that provide centralized management and distributed enforcement.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Interest in Elastic Cloud Gateways Signals the Evolution of Network Security

Abstract:

Network security at the perimeter has remained predominantly appliance-centric, despite the acceleration of cloud-delivered solutions in other parts of the stack. That is set to change as organizations look for stronger protection, improved performance, and a more consistent model across the increasingly distributed enterprise environment. Elastic cloud gateways are seeing significant interest as an approach to meet these business requirements through a converged, cloud-delivered network security architecture.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Research Report: The State of Network Security: A Market Poised for Transition

Abstract:

In order to assess the network security landscape over the last 12-24 months, as well as what the priorities over the next 12-24 months are expected to be, ESG surveyed 265 IT security professionals representing enterprise-class (i.e., 1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada). All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing network security technology products and services.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial, healthcare, and communications and media, among others.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Master Survey Results: Network Security Trends

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the current state of network security, including current strategies and challenges, and how these are guiding the current and (expected) future usage of foundational network security technologies.

Topics covered include:

  • Modern network security challenges.
  • The confusion around "zero trust."
  • Top considerations for SDP and microsegmentation initiatives. 
  • The state of the DDoS prevention market.
  • Third-party deception tool adoption drivers.
Topics: Cybersecurity Networking

ESG Brief: Taking the Pulse of Employee Cybersecurity Habits

Abstract:

Cybersecurity clearly has the attention of IT departments and executives. High-profile attacks and the resulting direct and indirect costs associated with security breaches have helped drive awareness over the last decade and give security practitioners a louder voice in the organization. However, the average worker is more concerned with maintaining productivity and convenience in their increasingly overlapped work and personal life. Cybersecurity solutions must begin to deliver the technology experience workers demand.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Key Attributes of a Network Traffic Analysis Solution

Abstract:

Network traffic analysis (NTA) solutions have seen broad adoption across the industry as part of a holistic threat detection and response (TDR) program. There is general agreement regarding some of the core capabilities required in an NTA solution, but some disagreement around others. Analytics and threat intelligence integrations are essential components of any NTA solution. However, there is less clarity around managed services as they relate to NTA solutions.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking