Analyst Profile

Mary Ruddy

Mary Ruddy

VP Analyst

11 years at Gartner,  36 years industry experience

Location:  MA USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Mary Ruddy is a Vice President on the Gartner for Technical Professionals Identity and Access Management (IAM) team. She serves as the Key Initiative Leader for the IAM topic area. Her primary coverage areas are access management including customer IAM, single sign-on, identity protocols and federation, modern IAM architecture and API protection. 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), government identity initiatives and identity standards. She was 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).


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