David Mahdi is a Research Director in IT Leaders Systems, Security and Risk at Gartner, focusing on identity and access management, 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.
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.
Director of Product Management and Marketing
Senior Manager, Product Marketing
Security Specialist, Integration Engineer, and Business Development
Security of Applications and Data
Identity and Access Management and Fraud Detection
B.Eng., Electrical Engineering, Carleton University
1User authentication, passwordless authenticaiton, strategy and planning
2Machine ID Management, X.509 certificate management
3PKI technology, planning, strategy and IoT (Internet of Things)
4Decentralized Identity, Blockchain as it pertains to Identity and access management, and data security
5General identity and access management and data security - planning, technologies and strategy