Analyst Profile
Earl Perkins
Earl Perkins
Research VP
Birmingham, AL USA
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Years of Experience
7 years at Gartner
36 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
Security & Privacy

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Roles and Responsibilities
Earl Perkins is a Research Vice President in Systems, Security and Risk at Gartner. His focus areas include: (1) operational technology (OT) security strategy, planning and governance (OT is also called industrial control/automation); (2) Internet of Things (IoT) security strategy, planning and governance; (3) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) strategy, planning and governance; (4) data access governance for unstructured and semistructured data environments; (5) cybersecurity organization; and (6) SAP security strategy and planning.
Previous Experience
Mr. Perkins has more than 33 years of IT, networking and security experience, and has worked in several industries, including: - Education (mathematics) - Oil and gas - Energy and utilities - Software (Microsoft) - IT research Much of his career has been focused on planning, building and operating networks, as well as software and system development, integration and security. He has been recognized for achievements in designing, deploying and securing networks and systems for four corporations (two U.S.-based and two international) and managing IT restructurings. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Perkins held director positions at Microsoft in market research as well as VP and senior director positions in network, security and risk strategies at the IT research firm Meta Group (acquired by Gartner in 2005). He also held IT management and technical roles at Entergy, an electric utility based in New Orleans, and senior manager positions at London Energy in London, England.
Professional Background
Microsoft, Director - Security & Identity Market Research, 2 years
Meta Group and Gartner, VP - Security & Risk Strategies, VP - Security & Privacy, 5 years
Entergy Services (Electric Utility), IT Advisor, Director, Sr. Manager, Manager, Supervisor, 16 years
B.S., Mathematics Education, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
M.Ed., Mathematics Education, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Completed some postgraduate courses in business leadership education, computer science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, and other universities
Holds a teaching certificate for secondary education and university mathematics

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Cool Vendors in Energy and Utilities, 2014 17-Apr-2014 Zarko Sumic, Earl Perkins, Randy Rhodes, Chet Geschickter
What Securing the Internet of Things Means for CISOs 11-Apr-2014 Earl Perkins
Big Data Needs a Data-Centric Security Focus 26-Mar-2014 Brian Lowans, Earl Perkins
Top 10 Business Trends Impacting the Utility Industry in 2014 20-Mar-2014 Zarko Sumic, Earl Perkins, Randy Rhodes, Chet Geschickter, Leif Eriksen
NIST Framework Establishes Risk Basics for Critical Infrastructure 18-Feb-2014 Earl Perkins