Gartner Expert

Brian Lowans

Sr Director Analyst

Brian Lowans, Ph.D., MBA is a Senior Director Analyst within the Digital Workplace Security Team, 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 data security governance, data risk assessment and infonomics, structured and unstructured data encryption and tokenization, database audit and protection, encryption key management, key management as a service and cloud data security issues, as well as other information security, privacy and risk topics.

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


Product Director, Ventures Group

Short Brothers

Senior Research Engineer

Areas of coverage

Security of Applications and Data


Ph.D., Optical Information Processing, Queen's University Belfast

M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, University of Warwick

M.S., Opto-electronics, Queen's University Belfast

B.S. (Hons.), Physics, Queen's University Belfast

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Database encryption, unstructured file encryption, and encryption key management

2Data protection, privacy and data residency for Cloud Services

3Database activity monitoring, and database audit and protection

4Data security governance, data risk assessment, financial data risk assessment and infonomics

5Data security platform