Analyst Profile

Brian Lowans

Brian Lowans

Sr Director Analyst

6 years at Gartner ,  20 years industry experience
United Kingdom

Roles and Responsibilities

Brian Lowans, Ph.D., is a Principal Research Analyst within the Secure Business Enablement group, which is part of the Information Security and Privacy research organization of Gartner Research. Dr. Lowans focuses on a range of data security issues, including structured and unstructured data encryption, data-centric audit and protection, encryption key management, CASB and cloud data security issues, electronic signatures and infonomics, as well as other information security and risk topics.

Areas of Coverage

  • Security & Privacy


Previous Experience

Dr. Lowans was a Product Director in QinetiQ Ventures Group developing a new business startup. He led the development of a scalable network security solution that addressed quantum key distribution, key management and network management systems with end-to-end encryption and authentication across optical network environments. He served as a Vice Chairman of a working group (ETSI QKD_ISG) developing international standards for quantum key distribution. Dr. Lowans has built a strong track record in creating value from technology innovation and commercial insight through experience in defense, security and telecom markets. He has experience in the development of full business plans, including financial forecasts, market strategies, technology and product roadmaps, and intellectual property strategies.

Professional Background

QinetiQ, Product Director, 15 years
Short Brothers, Senior Research Engineer, 7 years


B.S. (Hons.), Physics, Queen's University Belfast
M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, University of Warwick
M.S., Opto-electronics, Queen's University Belfast
Ph.D., Optical Information Processing, Queen's University Belfast



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