Principal Analyst & Co-Founder

Martin Kuppinger

Martin Kuppinger is the founder and Principal Analyst responsible for the KuppingerCole research. In his 25 years of IT experience he has already written more than 50 IT-related books and is known as a widely-read columnist and author of technical articles as well as reviews and is also a well-established speaker and moderator at seminars and congresses. His interest in Identity Management dates back to the 80s, when he also gained considerable experience in software architecture development. Over the years, he added several other fields of research, including virtualization, cloud computing, overall IT security, and others. Having studied economies, he combines in-depth IT knowledge with a strong business perspective.

Roles & Responsibilities at KuppingerCole

As Founder and Principal Analyst, Martin Kuppinger oversees the KuppingerCole research, provides own research, engages in Customer Advisories in his role as Trusted Advisor, and acts as a Member of the Board.

Background & Education

Martin wrote more than 50 IT-related books and is known as a widely-read columnist and author of technical articles and reviews in some of the most prestigious IT magazines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is a renowned global leader in Identity Mangement and Digital Identity and is among the top 10 experts in this field globally. He is also a well-established speaker and moderator at seminars and congresses. Martin holds a Bachelor in Economics.

Areas of coverage

Martin Kuppinger oversees all areas of KuppingerCole research and has outstanding expertise in areas such as cybersecurity, blockchain, and AI.

Professional experience

His interest in Identity Management dates back to the 80s, when he also gained considerable experience in software architecture development. Over the years, he added several other fields of research, including virtualization, cloud computing, overall IT security, and others. Having studied economies, he combines in-depth IT knowledge with a strong business perspective.

Latest publications

Blog
Identity Management Trends: Looking Back at EIC 2023 and Ahead to EIC 2024
April 09, 2024
Only a bit more than two months to go until the global Digital Identity and IAM community gathers again at the European Identity and Cloud Conference ( EIC ) in Berlin. From June 4 th to 7 th , we will spend four days packed with interesting sessions. More than 230 sessions, more than 250…
Webinar Recording
Modern IAM builds on Policy Based Access
April 05, 2024
The idea of policy-based access management and providing just-in-time access by authorizing requests at runtime is not new. It has seen several peaks, from mainframe-based approaches for resource access management to XACML (eXtensible Access Control Markup Language) and, more recently, OPA…
Webinar Recording
Road to EIC: Leveraging Reusable Identities in Your Organization
April 04, 2024
In the realm of customer onboarding, the prevailing challenges are manifold. Traditional methods entail redundant data collection and authentication hurdles, contributing to inefficiencies and frustrations for both customers and businesses. Moreover, siloed systems exacerbate the issue,…
Executive View
Xayone Best Practice: Combatting Identity and Document Fraud at Border Control
April 02, 2024
This KuppingerCole Executive View Report looks at a best practice implementation for mitigating identity and document fraud at Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Handling and describes how the implementation of the Xayone platform helped in automating verification processes in a complex environment.
Executive View
Pathlock Cybersecurity Application Controls
March 27, 2024
This KuppingerCole Executive View report looks at Pathlock Cybersecurity Application Controls (CAC), a solution for managing cybersecurity for SAP. A technical review of the solution is included.
Webinar Recording
Navigating Identity Security: Integrating SAP Into an Identity Fabric
March 27, 2024
Martin Kuppinger, Principal Analyst at KuppingerCole Analysts, will discuss the specific requirements for identity management - beyond just managing access controls - in traditional SAP environments, in hybrid SAP environments, and in multi-vendor line of business (LoB) application…
Webinar Recording
IAM Meets Data Management: A Recipe for Peak Performance
March 22, 2024
Martin Kuppinger, Principal Analyst at KuppingerCole Analysts, will look at the role data plays in IAM decision making, both for traditional environments and modern, policy-based authorization. He will also look at the interplay between IAM and data governance as well as data security.…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #206: Access Denied? The Role of Physical Access in Business Resilience
March 18, 2024
Matthias invited Martin to discuss the importance of physical access control in the context of identity and access management (IAM) and cybersecurity. Martin highlights the three layers of access control: physical access, logical access to systems, and authentication and authorization.…
Blog
SAP Identity Management End-of-Life: What’s Next?
March 13, 2024
SAP recently announced the end-of-life of their SAP Identity Management solution in 2027, with an extended maintenance period until 2030. With already being in 2024, this leaves three to at maximum six years for migrating SAP Identity Management to another solution. Three years, if avoiding…
Webinar Recording
Road to EIC: Exploring the Power of Decentralized Identity Solutions
March 07, 2024
Join us for this “Road to EIC” virtual fireside chat, where we will discuss whether decentralized identity will revolutionize the way we deal with identities. Together with our guests, we will give you a taste of the much larger discussions to be held at…
Blog
EIC 2024: Don’t Miss These Highlight Sessions
March 05, 2024
Hundreds of keynotes and sessions in six tracks are awaiting you. While the agenda is already far developed, there still will be some additions. Anyway, time to have a look at the agenda. I did and selected ten favorite sessions from that long list. In the morning of June 4 th , one of…
Webinar Recording
Road to EIC: What’s Next in Digital Identity Standards?
February 22, 2024
As the digital realm evolves rapidly, the importance of robust and secure identity verification mechanisms becomes paramount. Standards in digital identity help establish secure authentication methods and protocols to safeguard user information by offering…
Leadership Compass
Identity Fabrics
February 20, 2024
This report provides an overview of the market of providers of technology for building Identity Fabrics, which are comprehensive IAM solutions built on a modern, modular architecture. It provides a compass to help organizations find the solution that best meets their needs. We examine the…
Leadership Compass
Policy Based Access Management
February 19, 2024
Efficient, effective management of access controls from infrastructure to applications remains an aspiration for enterprises. The main drivers of this goal include the need for strengthening the cybersecurity posture, efficiency gains in managing access controls, the need for consistency in…
Video
IAM and Cybersecurity Insights and Trends in 2024
February 09, 2024
Martin Kuppinger was a virtual guest at SailPoint's SAILforward24 and was invited to have a chat with Matthew Mills about the industry and market, trends and his perspectives. Delve into the future of identity and access management (IAM) as Martin and Matthew discuss the profound impact…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #200: 200 Episodes - A Cyberspace Odyssey
February 05, 2024
What a milestone! 200 episodes of the Analyst Chat. Matthias and Martin celebrate the journey of the three years of the podcast. Dive into the evolution of cybersecurity and identity management, industry impact, memorable moments, and key insights. From this episode, we will…
Buyer's Compass
SAP Security Solutions — SecurityBridge
February 01, 2024
SAP is the leading vendor of Line of Business (LoB) applications. Their applications covering ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and many other user cases form the backbone of business operations in many organizations, ranging from medium-sized business to the world’s largest organizations.…
Webinar Recording
The Impact of Expanding Attack Surfaces on Enterprise Cybersecurity and Why You Need a Strong IAM Posture
January 31, 2024
Join us for a compelling webinar on "Mastering Identity Security in the Age of Evolving Attack Surfaces." This session will address how to minimize human error, eliminate gaps, and overlaps within your different IAM tools, and align your security strategy with the constantly evolving…
Blog
Digital ID, Web3, and Metaverses
January 30, 2024
A while ago, I was asked how to deal with cybersecurity for Web3 and the metaverses. There is not a simple answer to this. I talked about this last year at KuppingerCole Analyst’s cyberevolution 2023, our cybersecurity conference. It’ll be a hot topic again at the upcoming…
Advisory Note
SBOM as a Core Element of Cyber Resilience
January 29, 2024
This advisory note delves into the critical intersection of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and cyber resilience, exploring the role of SBOM in fortifying digital landscapes against evolving cyber threats. With a focus on recent incidents, regulatory developments, and the intricate web of…
Advisory Note
Patch Management: Zero Day Risks
January 29, 2024
This advisory note explores Patch Management as a cornerstone of cyber resilience in the contemporary threat landscape. Delving into the evolution of strategies, it navigates the reader through the delicate balance between swift deployment and meticulous testing. Focusing on the urgency…
Webinar Recording
Beyond Secrets Management: Transforming Security in the Digital Age
January 26, 2024
Join security and identity experts from KuppingerCole Analysts and Entrust to reveal the intrinsic and symbiotic relationship between key management and secrets, offering visibility, compliance assurance, and effective risk management. Learn the importance of safe, repeatable processes…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #199: IAM - Orchestration, Convergence, or Both?
January 22, 2024
Matthias invited Martin Kuppinger to dissect IAM orchestration and convergence in this episode. Explore their insights on these concepts within identity and access management, from antagonism to coexistence. Stay tuned for upcoming trends and predictions!
Video
NIS2: What Everyone Needs to Consider
January 11, 2024
The upcoming EU regulation, NIS2, moves closer and organizations will need to act in order to close gaps. Anders Askåsen from Okta and Martin Kuppinger discuss the impact on critical infrastructure organizations and the implications for identity management, particularly in…