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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 36 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, 13 years
Entergy Services (Electric Utility), IT Advisor, Director, Sr. Manager, Manager, Supervisor, 16 years
Education
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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Secure Embedded Software and Systems in the Internet of Things 25-Jul-2014 Earl Perkins, Eric Ouellet
Market Trends: Internet of Things Driving Security Opportunities 25-Jun-2014 Ruggero Contu, Earl Perkins
Innovation Insight: Digital Business Innovation Disrupts Risk and Security Management 18-Jun-2014 Andrew Walls, Earl Perkins, Paul E. Proctor
Innovation Insight: Digital Business Innovation Risk Will Bring About the Rise of the Digital Risk Officer 18-Jun-2014 Paul E. Proctor, Earl Perkins, Andrew Walls
How CIOs Need to Think About Digital Business Technologies 14-May-2014 Hung LeHong, Stephen Prentice, Kristian Steenstrup, Tomas Nielsen, Earl Perkins