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Dale Gardner

Sr Director Analyst

Dale Gardner is a Senior Director, Analyst researching application security. His primary focus is on DevSecOps, and encompasses application security testing, software composition analysis and software supply chain risks, application security orchestration and correlation, and API security testing. 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.

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.

2Identification of key application security issues and trends to facilitate strategic planning and budgeting.

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

4Assistance in strategies and tooling for software supply chain risk management.

5For security product vendors, identification of customer requirements, emerging trends, and general market direction