IAM Practice Director / Head of Advisory

Matthias Reinwarth

Having worked for his whole professional life in Identity and Access Management, Matthias joined KuppingerCole in 2014. In his role of the Director of the Practice IAM he works on maintaining the leading role of KuppingerCole in all facets of the topic of digital identities and their access to resources. He is a regular speaker at KuppingerCole events and webinars and hosts the weekly KuppingerCole Analysts video podcast “Analyst chat”.

Roles & Responsibilities at KuppingerCole

Matthias is Head of Advisory and oversees and leads the KuppingerCole advisory team. Additionally he acts as lead advisor in various customer projects. As head of the IAM practice, Matthias coordinates communication and exchange within the KuppingerCole team across all business units (Events, Research and Advisory) and beyond.

Background & Education

Based on a combined education in economics and IT, Matthias has been working as a trusted advisor and consultant for customers since 1993.

Areas of coverage

Professional experience

Matthias has acquired profound practical experiences in IT as a consultant and advisor for more than 30 years. He has been successfully working in assignments with a wide range of customers covering many sectors including media, government, financial, telecommunications, logistics, automotive and other industries. Since 1994 he has authored many publications, including articles, research documents, videos, podcasts, webinars and blog posts.

Latest publications

Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #209: Behind the Screens - A Day in the Life of a Tech Analyst
April 08, 2024
In this episode Matthias welcomes Osman Celik, a research analyst with KuppingerCole Analysts, to uncover the daily life and career dynamics within the tech analysis industry. They take a glimpse into Osman’s day-to-day activities, exploring the challenges and highlights of being a…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #208: Understanding Market Segments - KC Open Select's Latest Innovations
April 02, 2024
This episode of the Analyst Chat features a discussion with Christie Pugh, who oversees digital services at KuppingerCole Analysts. Christie gives insights into the newest topic release of KC Open Select (KCOS). KCOS is a comparison tool that helps users discover information about identity…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #207: Leading Cybersecurity - A Day in the Life of a CISO
March 25, 2024
Have you ever wondered what a CISO does every day? Christopher Schütze gives insight into his role as a CISO and the important tasks he performs on a daily basis. He emphasizes the need to build training and awareness with people in the organization and be the go-to person for…
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.…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #205: From Indelible Ink to Quantum-Safe Computing - Digital Signatures
March 11, 2024
In this episode, Mike Small discusses the history and role of digital signatures. He explains that digital signatures are the modern-day equivalent of indelible ink and are fundamental to the security of everything we do digitally. The foundation of digital signatures lies in the use of…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #204: Wallets, Decentralized ID, and Trust - Digital Identity Explained
March 04, 2024
Matthias and Annie discuss the basics of digital identity and decentralized identity. They explore the concept of a digital identity as an electronic representation of an individual's identity in the digital world. They also discuss the difference between centralized and decentralized…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #203: ChatGPT for Cybersecurity - How Much Can We Trust Generative AI?
February 26, 2024
Alexei and Matthias discuss the impact of generative AI on cybersecurity. They explore the shift in public perception towards generative AI and the practical implications for businesses. They highlight the challenges of integrating generative AI into cybersecurity strategies, including…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #202: Beyond Traditional Boundaries - Intelligent SIEM solutions
February 19, 2024
In this Analyst Chat episode, Matthias and guest Warwick Ashford explore the shift from traditional to next-gen Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions. Highlighting the limitations of traditional SIEM in the face of evolving cyber threats and complex data landscapes,…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #201: Intelligent Defense - Is AI inevitable for Cybersecurity?
February 12, 2024
AI is becoming increasingly common and it appears to be unavoidable. However, is this really the case? Marina and Matthias have a conversation about the convergence of AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity. They highlight the importance of utilizing AI to protect our organizations, as…
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…
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!
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #198: 2023 Wrapped Up - Major Trends in IAM and Cybersecurity
January 08, 2024
Join Matthias with Martin Kuppinger and Mike Neuenschwander in this special year-end episode. They reflect on the significant cybersecurity challenges of 2023. The conversation delves into persistent issues, innovations, and an outlook on trends for 2024 in the realms of…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #197: Inside cyberevolution - A Look Back at the Cybersecurity Conference
December 11, 2023
Join Matthias in this special edition of the KuppingerCole Analyst Chat as he takes a look back at the inaugural cyberevolution cybersecurity conference in Frankfurt. The episode features participants and attendees, including Emilie Van der Lande and Steffen Nagel, as well as Christopher…
Challenging the Easy Path: Why NIS2 Demands a New Compliance Mindset
November 28, 2023
In my presentation at the KuppingerCole's cyberevolution 2023 conference in Frankfurt, entitled "Beware of Easy Paths: The Journey Towards NIS2 Compliance", I focused on the complexities of the revised Network and Information Systems Directive (NIS2) issued by the European Union. While…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #196: AIdentity - The Crucial Link Between AI and Identity
November 27, 2023
In this episode, Matthias and Martin explore the evolving role of AIs in business processes. AIs are becoming significant actors, representing human identities in tools like chatbots and even functioning autonomously. Martin underscores the importance of traceability, access management,…
Event Recording
Panel | Autonomous Yet Accountable: Do We Need Identities for AI?
November 15, 2023
This session aims to explore the practicalities and paradigms of integrating AI identities into current and future digital infrastructures. Topics will include the regulatory and governance challenges posed by autonomous AI operations, the technical requirements for creating and managing AI…
Event Recording
Beware of Easy Paths: The Journey Towards NIS2 Compliance
November 15, 2023
Matthias offers a critical analysis of the EU's NIS2 Directive's intricate demands, drawing attention to the limitations of one-size-fits-all solutions. He advocates for customized compliance plans, underscoring the unique challenges across various entities, with special attention to the…
Event Recording
Panel | Addressing Universal Digital Vulnerability with Modern Identity
November 15, 2023
The risk of being digitally vulnerable, or not being able to access basic services, affects us all. There can be no doubt that enhancing accessibility features across digital access journeys is tremendously important in helping people simply and safely connect with the digital world. But…
Event Recording
The Art of Choice: A Guide to Informed Decision-Making
November 14, 2023
Choosing the right software to meet your business needs today and in the future is both essential and challenging. Our workshop, "The Art of Choice," will guide you through five key areas of software selection: Avoiding Hasty Decisions : Understand the risks of rushing and the…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #195: Preventing Unwanted Remote Control - Safeguarding RDP Amidst Cyber Threats
November 13, 2023
Matthias is joined by cybersecurity expert Warwick Ashford to unravel the complexities surrounding Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) security in the face of rising ransomware attacks. The discussion initiates with an overview of RDP's functionality and its indispensable role in modern…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #194: The Synthetic Revolution: How AI-Generated Data is changing Privacy and Security
October 30, 2023
In this episode, Marina discusses the intricacies of synthetic data, AI-generated datasets that mimic real data without revealing personal information. Marina and Matthias explore its significant role in cybersecurity, emphasizing its benefits in model training and realistic threat…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #193: Dynamic Defenses - Evolving Strategies in Attack Surface Management
October 16, 2023
Matthias is joined by experts John Tolbert and Osman Celik to unpack the concept of Attack Surface Management (ASM) and its growing relevance in cybersecurity. They discuss the challenges posed by the ever-evolving nature of attack surfaces and the role of ASM solutions in managing these…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #192: Exploring Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)
October 02, 2023
Join Matthias Reinwarth and Senior Analyst Mike Small in a quick chat on the evolution of Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM). They discuss its proactive approach, the challenges in implementation, and the role of overarching platforms like Cloud Native Application Protection Platforms…
Analyst Chat
Analyst Chat #191: The Second Law of AuthN Dynamics
September 25, 2023
Mike Neuenschwander, Vice President at KuppingerCole in the U.S. and Global Head of Research Strategy, recently had some thoughts about passwordless authentication and wrote a blog about it. Today, he joined Matthias for further discussion about that topic, delving deeper into entropy and…