Gartner Expert

Michael Kelley

Sr Director Analyst

Michael Kelley is a Sr. Research Director in the Secure Business Enablement group at Gartner, focusing on identity and access management.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Kelley served in in the private sector leading both the Identity and Authentication, and the Security Operations organizations at Koch Industries. He also served as an Identity Strategy Architect focused on the migration of a global enterprise to identity federation and modern authentication. Mr. Kelley managed refreshes of enterprise PKI, Rights Management, and Active Directory, and drove implementations of Certificate Life Cycle management and Virtual Directory platforms. Prior to this, he held several technical positions with DeCrane Aircraft/Precision Pattern Inc., and with Hewlett Packard and Compaq in support of General Electric Aircraft Engines.

Professional background

Koch Business Solutions, Koch Industries

Manager/Leader, Identity and Authentication, Network Security Operations

DeCrane Aircraft

Network Engineer


Network Administrator

Areas of coverage

Identity and Access Management and Fraud Detection


Kansas State University

Cowley County Community College

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1What are the top things IT leaders should consider when managing privileged access in their organizationsmanagement?

2What are top things IT leaders should plan for with an access management project, including SSO, MFA, and identity management for workforce, (B2E), vendors and partners, (B2B), and CIAM?

3Who are the vendors in the privileged access management market and how do they compare?

4Who are the vendors in access management and how do they compare?

5What are the use cases and practical applications for decentralized identity, (DCI)?