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Sunday, June 23, 2024
Sam Olyaei
Sam Olyaei
Vice President


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.

Areas of expertise

Strategy, governance, talent management, Policies, metrics, executive/board reporting, Compliance and risk management overall.

Group Overview

Gartner delivers actionable, objective insight to CISOs and their teams to drive faster, smarter decisions and achieve their mission-critical priorities. Access proven cybersecurity research across disciplines and industries anytime. Get one-on-one guidance from Gartner experts on your cybersecurity mission-critical priorities. Make confident decisions using Gartner’s cybersecurity benchmarks and diagnostic tools. Connect directly with cybersecurity leaders and peers to discuss your key issues and common initiatives.

Firm Overview

Gartner’s unrivaled combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. As a $4.7 billion company, with over 16,000 associates, and a member of the S&P 500, they are an objective partner with 15,000+ client enterprises in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size — and boast 40+ years of experience providing insights and expert guidance to client enterprises worldwide.