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Earl Perkins
Research VP
5 years at Gartner
32 years IT industry

Earl Perkins is a research vice president in the Security and Privacy team at Gartner. His focus areas include identity and access management (IAM), including user provisioning, role life cycle management… Read Full Bio

Getting Cybersecurity to Work isn’t Going to Work without Doing the Work

by Earl Perkins  |  January 2, 2015

I thought it would be appropriate to start off 2015 by adding my voice to a rising chorus from advisors, consultants and others in the cybersecurity industry with a short and simple message. We as an industry cannot help you if you’re not willing to help yourselves. And helping yourselves means you have to do […]

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Operational Technology Security and the Challenges Ahead for 2015

by Earl Perkins  |  December 29, 2014

2014 has been a very active year for cyber attacks and breaches in the industrial automation and control systems areas (what Gartner calls operational technology, or OT). There is no reason to believe that 2015 will be any different. In fact, there’s every reason to believe the number, scale and sophistication of attacks will continue […]

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The Identity of Things for the Internet of Things

by Earl Perkins  |  August 4, 2014

It is amusing to see the marketing currently attempted by using an offshoot of the phrase “Internet of Things”. Of course, as an analyst I am no different, so I will propose to you yet another concept that several of us at Gartner have been discussing the past year in IoT security, and that is […]

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When are we going to stop admiring the cybersecurity problems facing smart grids and other operational technologies?

by Earl Perkins  |  May 22, 2014

I think after a few years of incessant media coverage on every conceivable way our critical infrastructure can be compromised, many within and outside of operational technology (OT) firms are likely to be desensitized to the problems outlined, from taking down power grids for millions to disabling water and sewage treatment plants, from diverting trains […]

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Windows XP Support and Operational Technology Security for Utilities

by Earl Perkins  |  April 9, 2014

One significant milestone in operating system history occurred yesterday– the end of official support for Microsoft Windows XP. As with many in the industry, it got me to thinking of the implications for specific OT-centric industries. I spent over a decade in the electric utility business before becoming an analyst, so my attention naturally turned […]

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The “Industrial” Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet Consortium

by Earl Perkins  |  March 28, 2014

In my previous blog I took some time to explain the differences between what Gartner has referred to as operational technology (OT) systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). The announcement on March 27 by some significant technology companies regarding the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) highlights this discussion about precision in language. For AT&T, Cisco, […]

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Operational Technology Security – Focus on Securing Industrial Control and Automation Systems

by Earl Perkins  |  March 14, 2014

In a previous blog, I wrote of the terminology that we use when describing security for the Internet of Things, or IoT (“Getting Past the Word Games to Secure the Internet of Things”). In that blog I also mentioned that I would write about operational technology (OT) security as well. Gartner defines OT in industrial […]

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Getting Past the Word Games to Secure the Internet of Things

by Earl Perkins  |  March 5, 2014

One of the things that I enjoy about working at Gartner is the ability to participate with clients and providers in industry, government, commercial, consumer and other sources in more precisely defining key terms and phrases resonating in the markets. In some cases, terms may come from sources outside of markets, but most of the […]

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The Internet of Things is Changing the Way We Think of Security in the Enterprise

by Earl Perkins  |  January 30, 2014

When you read about the Internet of Things (IoT) in the press, it can get very confusing, particularly if you want to consider how one might go about securing the IoT. First, there isn’t universal agreement on what the IoT really is, whether it is literally architecture, infrastructure, marketing, or something else. Gartner has a […]

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Securing The Internet of Things– Some Not-So-Obvious Concerns

by Earl Perkins  |  January 20, 2014

Some of you no doubt noticed that Google announced their intention to buy a company known as Nest Labs for $3.2B U.S., one of their largest acquisitions ever. This blog isn’t about that acquisition, but it did get me to thinking about what such an acquisition means to our dialog on the security for the […]

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