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Dale Gardner

Sr Director Analyst

Dale Gardner is a Senior Director, Analyst researching application security. His primary focus is on software supply chain security and software composition analysis. He also covers DevSecOps and application security testing and application security posture management. In addition to advising clients on a variety of application security tools, processes and topics, he is Gartner's Lead Vendor Analyst for Micro Focus.

He joined Gartner in 2016 as a Research Director on the Technology and Service Provider Security and Risk Management team, where he established that group's application security practice. In that role, he created a mix of quantitative and qualitative research on a variety of DevSecOps tools and markets. He also assisted with coordinating the team's overall research agenda.

Previous experience

Mr. Gardner began his technology career as an application and systems programmer. He spent over 25 years in a variety of product leadership positions, at companies of all sizes, focusing primarily on a range of information security disciplines. Immediately prior to joining Gartner, he directed worldwide product marketing efforts for CA Technologies privileged access management product line. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.

Professional background

Xceedium/CA Technologies

Senior Director of Product Marketing

Tenable Network Security

Product Marketing Manager

Market Foundry


Areas of coverage

Security of Applications and Data


Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, Cleary University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Process strategy and guidance for application security initiatives, including DevSecOps.

2Strategies and tooling for software supply chain risk management.

3Guidance in tool selection and evaluation for application security testing.

4For security product vendors, identification of customer requirements, emerging trends, and market direction