Analyst Profile

Mary Ruddy

Mary Ruddy

VP Analyst

8 years at Gartner ,  32 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 protocols and federation, modern IAM architecture, API gateways, and customer IAM. Other topics she covers include mobile authorization, trust elevation (step-up, dynamic, continuous, risk-based and adaptive authentication), identity analytics, bring your own identity (BYOI), 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 Corp. (PTC), VP Strategic Marketing, Design-to-Order Solutions, 2 years
Parity Communications (now Azigo), VP, 4 years


Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, Smith College
Master of Science, Management, MIT School of Management



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