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Michael O'Neil
Director, Community Ecosystem Engagement - Cybersecurity

Michael is a world-leading IT industry analyst. He has led North American and global initiatives focused on developing insights and strategies that connect technology solutions with business needs, combining data, knowledge, analysis and advanced content delivery to define options for IT and buy-side businesses. Michael has written hundreds of reports and three business books on a wide range of topics ; led dozens of workshops, primarily on IT channel and alliance strategy, in 12 countries and four continents; worked in collaboration with his InsightaaS partner Mary Allen to build professional communities dedicated to research and knowledge sharing in cloud, IoT, analytics, data centre management and transformative technology in the Ontario public sector; and worked with McMaster University to launch and grow GCDCS, the leading data centre event in Canada. Most recently, Michael collaborated with Mary on the refinement of a unique Hybrid IT framework that is now embedded at the core of 2856-Cloud Systems in Practice, the course he teaches at U of T's SCS, and in a variety of consulting assignments.

The Technical Manager’s Guide to Zero Trust: Applications
December 15th, 2022
ZT applications managers face significant challenges as they balance top-down executive mandates with the need to make progress on software issues.
Zero Trust Vendors to Watch, Know, Understand: ZT Applications
December 13th, 2022
CISOs expect application security to fully support ZT, while AppSec managers use the ZT framework to organize & prioritize investments and activities.
The Technical Manager’s Guide to Zero Trust: Infrastructure
December 1st, 2022
By identifying key priorities before a breach, ZT infrastructure managers can contribute meaningfully to the success of the organization’s ZT strategy
Zero Trust Vendors to Watch, Know, Understand: ZT Infrastructure
November 29th, 2022
Contemporary zero trust infrastructure often centers on outside-the-perimeter resources, challenging security leaders who are looking to establish resilient environments.
The Technical Manager’s Guide to Zero Trust: Network
October 25th, 2022
Zero trust networks provide visibility into key issues, including segmentation, secure access to data, applications, and identity and device resources.
Zero Trust Vendors to Watch, Know, Understand: ZT Network
October 18th, 2022
The network plays a unique role in the shift from traditional perimeter-based security strategies to zero trust, spanning four key categories.
An Executive Guide to Zero Trust
October 11th, 2022
CISOs are organizing strategy around key intellectual property assets and the identity processes that grant access to and across core IT/ZT pillars.
Zero Trust Metrics
September 16th, 2022
Identifying and employing relevant, meaningful metrics builds support for ZT across the organization and enables CISOs to avoid “precision without accuracy”
The Path to Zero Trust
August 30th, 2022
This article defines a 10-step path to zero trust (ZT), spanning foundational and transitional activities and “deploy, monitor, and evolve” action steps.
The Zero Trust Rollout Notebook
August 23rd, 2022
This article identifies six key factors that contribute to a CISO’s ability to work with corporate stakeholders to roll out zero trust (ZT).
Key Zero Trust Technologies and Management Imperatives
August 9th, 2022
Identifying the 33 technologies and IT management practices that define a successful zero trust roadmap
Zero Trust Business Objectives
August 2nd, 2022
Zero trust (ZT) supports business objectives for three personas: senior executives, the CIO, and the CISO. Aligning strategy with these personas builds ZT support.