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David Mahdi
Research Director
2 years at Gartner
18 years IT Industry

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. Read Full Bio

World Password Day – 2020 Edition!

by David Mahdi  |  May 7, 2020

Did you know that today, May 7th is World Password Day? Really, do we need another day to remind us that passwords are all around us. Haven’t we had enough?   As a Gartner analyst that spends quite a bit of time focusing on identity and authentication (IAM); there is a lot to be said about passwords. I won’t spend any time highlighting all the joys (not!) about passwords.   In […]

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Time to Kill the Password! Or Is it? OK, at the Very Least, MFA All the Way!

by David Mahdi  |  April 22, 2020

During the pandemic, many organizations rushed to enable an effective remote workforce.  Employees need access to their corporate network, and other cloud services (i.e. VPN, Workday, Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365) to do their jobs. All of this requires that users identify themselves before logging in. Organizations need to rely more heavily on strongly identifying users in […]

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The importance of X.509 Certificate Management and Machine Identities

by David Mahdi  |  March 11, 2020

Digital certificates (“X.509 Certificates” sometimes known as SSL/TLS Certificates), and other cryptographic materials (or cryptographic keys) are all around us. From websites to mobile apps, to IoT devices and of course as the foundation for machine identities (i.e. servers, endpoints, containers, etc.). These digital certificates or machine identities are critical as they allow us to […]

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