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 Brief: Organizational Considerations Weigh Heavily on Zero Trust Success

Abstract:

The breadth of zero trust inherently requires a variety of teams to collaborate effectively for implementations to be successful. Given this, it is unsurprising that organizational issues are the most common reason cited for projects being paused or abandoned. Effective communications channels, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and alignment of goals and success metrics are all important aspects of a zero trust strategy.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: The State of Zero Trust Security Strategies

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on understanding the factors influencing zero trust initiatives, how decision makers are prioritizing purchasing decisions, and which specific technologies and products are being deployed to support zero trust strategies.

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and cybersecurity professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between December 8, 2020 and December 22, 2020. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be cybersecurity or IT/information security professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and managing security technology products and services in support of zero trust security initiatives.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Infographic: The State of Zero-trust Security Strategies

Abstract:

Zero-trust approaches are arguably more relevant than ever due to the increasingly distributed nature of the modern enterprise, which has only been accelerated by the shift to work-from-home models. Yet for many organizations, confusion remains as to exactly what a zero-trust initiative should entail, where to begin, and how best to overcome the organizational obstacles that result from such a cross-functional undertaking.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Research Report: The State of Zero-trust Security Strategies

Abstract:

Zero-trust approaches are arguably more relevant than ever due to the increasingly distributed nature of the modern enterprise. Whether implementing least-privilege tenets for user access or securing the connections to and between the disparate aspects of today’s hybrid multi-cloud deployments, zero trust can provide a framework to secure even the most complex environments. The sudden shift to work-from-home models has only highlighted the importance of a zero-trust approach. Yet for many organizations, confusion remains as to exactly what a zero-trust initiative should entail, where to begin, and how best to overcome the organizational obstacles that result from such a cross-functional undertaking.

In order to gain insight into these trends, ESG surveyed 421 IT and cybersecurity professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) personally responsible for driving zero-trust security strategies and evaluating, purchasing, and managing security technology products and services in support of these initiatives.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Network Security Predictions for 2021

Abstract:

ESG's John Grady outlines seven network security predictions for 2021, including:

  • Remote work and zero trust access will remain top drivers for SASE through next year.
  • The appliance market evolves to remain relevant.
  • Runtime application security continues to converge.
  • API protection gets its due attention as part of WAAP.
Topics: Networking

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