Gartner Expert

Mary Ruddy

VP Analyst

Mary Ruddy is a Vice President on the Gartner for Technical Professionals Identity and Access Management (IAM) team. She serves as the Key Initiative Leader for the IAM topic area. Her primary coverage areas are access management including customer IAM, single sign-on, identity protocols and federation, modern IAM architecture and API protection. Other topics she covers include mobile authorization, trust elevation (step-up, dynamic, continuous, risk-based and adaptive authentication), identity analytics, bring your own identity (BYOI), government identity initiatives and identity standards. She was a founding member of the OASIS Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Methods Technical Committee and Chair of Identity Commons. Ms. Ruddy was also a founding member of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), which was formed in response to the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Previous experience

Ms. Ruddy was a founder of the Eclipse Higgins open-source project. Previously, she chaired an Identity Industry Certification Committee in support of the U.S. Federal Identity Credential and Access Management (FICAM) efforts to promote the adoption of third-party identity credentials. This resulted in the creation of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) Foundation, which is dedicated to certifying trust frameworks.

Professional background



Parity Communications (now Azigo)


Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC)

VP Strategic Marketing, Design-to-Order Solutions

Areas of coverage

Identity and Access Management for Technical Professionals


Master of Science, Management, MIT School of Management

Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, Smith College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Implementing single sign-on (SSO), including federated access management in general

2Identity and access management preparations for Microsoft Office 365

3Protecting APIs

4Identity standards including SAML, OAuth, OpenID and OpenID Connect

5Consumer identity and access management including bring your own identity (BYOI)