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Lee Sustar

Principal Analyst

Lee serves IT infrastructure and operations professionals. His research focuses on public cloud, containers, modernization, and the wider transition to cloud-native computing and practices. He assists enterprises in creating pragmatic cloud strategies and developing execution roadmaps. Most notably, he seeks to reflect organizational context (e.g., industry, investments, regulations, skills, location) in these deliverables. Lee’s strong background in both financial services cloud/container strategies and governance and risk gives him a unique perspective. Key markets that Lee covers include multicloud container development platforms, public cloud enterprise container platforms, and public cloud infrastructure and development platforms.

Previous Work Experience

Lee has more than two decades of experience in information technology, cybersecurity, and cyber risk management. Prior to joining Forrester, Lee worked as independent security officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a $100 billion government-sponsored enterprise, where he had oversight of logical and physical security controls, served on the bank’s cloud center of excellence (CCoE), and reported on cyber risk to the executive team and board of directors.

Previously, Lee worked at Discover Financial Services as a member of the infrastructure architecture team leading public cloud deployment and, later, on the cybersecurity architecture team, where he helped develop container security architecture and led projects to onboard several security tools. Lee has also served as a technical writer for leading technology vendors, including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, AT&T, and Dell. As a longtime technology and cybersecurity journalist, Lee has been published in SC Magazine, Computerworld, PC Week, Communications Week, and other tech publications.

Education

Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Northwestern University. He holds the CISSP certificate from (ISC)2 and the GSEC certificate from SANS.

Lee serves IT infrastructure and operations professionals. His research focuses on public cloud, containers, modernization, and the wider transition to cloud-native computing and practices. He assists enterprises in creating pragmatic cloud strategies and developing execution roadmaps. Most notably, he seeks to reflect organizational context (e.g., industry, investments, regulations, skills, location) in these deliverables. Lee’s strong background in both financial services cloud/container strategies and governance and risk gives him a unique perspective. Key markets that Lee covers include multicloud container development platforms, public cloud enterprise container platforms, and public cloud infrastructure and development platforms.

Previous Work Experience

Lee has more than two decades of experience in information technology, cybersecurity, and cyber risk management. Prior to joining Forrester, Lee worked as independent security officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a $100 billion government-sponsored enterprise, where he had oversight of logical and physical security controls, served on the bank’s cloud center of excellence (CCoE), and reported on cyber risk to the executive team and board of directors.

Previously, Lee worked at Discover Financial Services as a member of the infrastructure architecture team leading public cloud deployment and, later, on the cybersecurity architecture team, where he helped develop container security architecture and led projects to onboard several security tools. Lee has also served as a technical writer for leading technology vendors, including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, AT&T, and Dell. As a longtime technology and cybersecurity journalist, Lee has been published in SC Magazine, Computerworld, PC Week, Communications Week, and other tech publications.

Education

Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Northwestern University. He holds the CISSP certificate from (ISC)2 and the GSEC certificate from SANS.

Lee Sustar's Most Recent Research

Research

It's Time To Bring Kubernetes Into Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Key DR Strategies For Mission-Critical Cloud-Native Applications
June 22nd, 2021 | Lee Sustar

The orchestration wars are over. Kubernetes (K8s) is the de facto standard for containerized applications, winning support from developers, security pros...

10 min read
Research

Forrester's Public Cloud Buying Guide, 2021

Infrastructure Differences Matter To Few — Focus On Global Availability Of Innovative Services
March 8th, 2021 | Lee Sustar , Charlie Dai , Sam Higgins

In 2020, Forrester published a series of Forrester Wave™ vendor evaluations for public cloud. We researched, analyzed, and scored public cloud platform...

7 min read