Analyst Profile

Mary Ruddy

Mary Ruddy

Research VP

6 years at Gartner ,  30 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Mary Ruddy is a Research Vice President on the GTP Identity and Access Management team. Her primary focus areas are single sign-on, identity federation, modern IAM architecture, API gateways, web access management (WAM) and consumer IAM. Other topics she covers include mobile authorization, trust elevation (step-up, dynamic and acdaptive authentication), trust frameworks, government identity initiatives and identity standards. She is a founding member of the OASIS Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Methods Technical Committee and Chair of Identity Commons. Ms. Ruddy was also a founding member of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), which was formed in response to the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Areas of Coverage

  • Security & Privacy


Previous Experience

Ms. Ruddy was a founder of the Eclipse Higgins open source project. Previously, she chaired an identity industry certification committee in support of the U.S. Federal Identity Credential and Access Management (FICAM) efforts to promote the adoption of third-party identity credentials. This resulted in the creation of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) Foundation, which is dedicated to certifying trust frameworks.

Professional Background

Meristic, Principal, 5 years
Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), VP Strategic Marketing, Design-to-Order Solutions, 2 years
Parity Communications (now Azigo), VP, 4 years


Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, magna cum laude, Smith College
Master of Science in Management, MIT School of Management