Sam Olyaei is a Vice President at Gartner, leading an advisory team that is focused on servicing cybersecurity and risk executives. His thought leadership and research have been highly influential in evolving the role of the CISO, culminating in an exclusive CISO Effectiveness model – the first of its kind in the industry. Additionally, he has led Gartner’s Top Predicts – a collection of efforts to establish forward looking trends in the cybersecurity industry. His domain expertise and advisory extends to third party/product security, governance, cyber risk quantification, program management, and executive/board communication.
Olyaei is a regular keynote speaker at industry events worldwide, including Gartner’s Global Security and Risk Management summits, and has contributed to various industry regulations, government, and mission critical organizations such as FS-ISAC, NYCRR500, NIST NICE, TRA, among others. Overall, Olyaei has published more than 70 industry whitepapers and delivered more than 100 pitches on various matters related to cybersecurity and risk management. He holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Fairfield University and a Masters degree in business administration from Quinnipiac University.
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