Analyst Profile

David Mahdi

David Mahdi

VP Analyst

6 years at Gartner ,  20 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

David Mahdi is a Vice President, Analyst in IT Leaders Systems, Security and Risk at Gartner, focusing on IAM, authentication, and data security. Mr. Mahdi's area of expertise includes public-key infrastructure (PKI), machine ID management, IAM, blockchain security, decentralized identity, BYOI, IoT, and data security.


Previous Experience

Mr. Mahdi has worked in IT and the IT security industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Gartner, he worked at SecureKey, where he focused on digital identity ecosystems, device-based authentication and IoT security. Mr. Mahdi has extensive experience working with industry-leading enterprises, financial institutions and government agencies, on varying topics specific to identity and security. In working with these organizations, Mr. Mahdi worked extensively on innovative initiatives, such as the INTERPOL travel document and the Government of Canada's federated identity and authentication program. He has played critical roles in shaping product and corporate strategy in the areas of mobile, cloud, authentication, identity and access management (IAM), fraud and malware detection. With roles spanning IT, engineering, business development, product management and marketing, Mr. Mahdi has had a unique multifaceted experience across the business. As an information technology professional, he has covered the areas of IAM, PKI, mobile device security, cloud security, smart cards for physical/logical access, fraud detection, encryption and network security.

Professional Background

Entrust, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, 4 years
SecureKey, Director of Product Management and Marketing, 2 years
Sophos, Security Specialist, Integration Engineer, and Business Development, 6 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Two time Gartner Research and Advisory Excellence Award


B.Eng., Electrical Engineering, Carleton University



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