Gartner Expert

Kelly M. Kavanagh

Director Analyst

Kelly Kavanagh is a Director Analyst in Gartner's Information Security and Privacy program. Mr. Kavanagh focuses on managed threat detection and response (MDR) services, and on security information and event management (SIEM) products. He conducts research on end-user requirements for MDR and SIEM. He assists Gartner clients in understanding various security service providers and offerings, and in finding appropriate solutions to specific needs. He also provides advice on evaluating, selecting and deploying security information and event management technology.

Previous experience

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Kavanagh worked for International Data Corp. (IDC), covering the high-performance computing market. He also covered user research for government clients in the areas of application development, object technology and information security. As an independent consultant and as an employee of Maximus, Mr. Kavanagh worked with business and government information technology managers engaged in planning and implementing a variety of technology efforts.

Professional background


Research Director


Director, Management Analysis


Partner & Founder

Areas of coverage

Security Operations


B.A., Political Science, Drew University, New Jersey

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Whether and how to outsource security monitoring operations

2Selecting and deploying security monitoring products and services

3Selecting and deploying vulnerability management products and services

4Selecting managed detection and response security services