Analyst Profile

Earl Perkins

Earl Perkins

Research VP

8 years at Gartner ,  36 years industry experience
Birmingham, AL USA

Roles and Responsibilities

Earl Perkins is a Research Vice President in Integrated Security and Risk Strategies at Gartner. His focus areas include: - Operational technology (OT) cybersecurity strategy, planning and governance (OT is also known as industrial automation and control [ICS or IACS] and includes critical infrastructure protection [CIP]) - Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity strategy, planning and governance - Cybersecurity strategy, planning and practice for the organization

Areas of Coverage

  • Security & Privacy


Previous Experience

Mr. Perkins has more than 37 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

Entergy Services (Electric Utility), IT Advisor, Director, Sr. Manager, Manager, Supervisor, 16 years
Meta Group and Gartner, VP - Security & Risk Strategies, Senior Program Director, 13 years
Microsoft, Director - Security & Identity Market Research, 2 years


B.S., 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
M.Ed., Mathematics Education, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana