Analyst/Advisor details

Dave Kearns Fellow Analyst

Maryland / USA

25 years in IT industry
At KuppingerCole since 2009

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Roles & Responsibilities at KuppingerCole:

Dave Kearns is a Senior Analyst at KuppingerCole. He publishes a regular newsletter covering the latest trends in the industry. Besides this he focuses especially on the future trends around authentication and authorization and therein on risk-/context-based authentication and authorization.

Background & Education:

Dave Kearns attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), leaving to help found the first on-line banking system in the US, with Pittsburgh‘s Dollar Savings Bank. He gave up computers to spend 15 years in the wine & spirits trade, only to come back to technology with the advent of local area networks in the mid 80‘s. Dave & his wife enjoy travelling and visiting their eight grandchildren.


Areas of coverage:

  • IdmaaS, Identity from the Cloud
  • The future of Authentication and Authorization
  • Life Management Platforms
  • Information Stewardship

Professional experience:

Dave Kearns spent 10 years as a network manager, ending up as Information Services Manager for the former Thomas-Conrad Corporation (now part of Compaq). In 1987, he was a founding SysOp of Novell‘s Novell Support Connection service on Compuserve and served as the first president of the Association of NetWire SysOps. Dave was formerly Technical Editor of Networking Solutions magazine. He‘s written, edited and contributed to a number of books on networking and is a frequent speaker before both trade and business groups.

Recent blog posts


Authentication: Multi-Factor, Adaptive and Continuous

In the 35 years we’ve had personal computers, tablets and smartphones, authentication has meant a username and password (or Personal Identification Number, PIN) for most people. Yet other methods, and other schemes for using those methods, have been available for at least the past 30…


Adaptive authentication explained

To understand what this article is about it’s important that we have an agreement on what we mean when we use the term “adaptive authentication”. It isn’t a difficult concept, but it’s best if we’re all on the same page, so to speak. First, the basics:…


Who will become the Google, Facebook or Apple of Life Management Platforms?

A Life Management Platform (LMP) allows individuals to access all relevant information from their daily life and manage its lifecycle, in particular data that is sensitive and typically paper-bound today, like bank account information, insurance information, health information, or the key…


The Right BYOx Strategy

For the past few years BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – has been a hot topic, often leading to shouting matches between IT and users who want to use their own mobile devices to access corporate assets. Lately, it’s been a more generic “BYO” (Bring Your Own) them…


New Newsletter Season to come: KC Analysts' View

It’s a new year, and there are some new changes coming to KuppingerCole, especially in the material that will come into your inbox. First, some background. After the past year or so we’ve been growing by leaps and bounds with new offices in Europe and the Asia-Pacific area as well as new…


No phishing allowed!

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve just come through what’s probably the biggest gift giving month of the year – most of you, I’m sure, unwrapped more than one present. So let me ask a couple of questions. If there was a pretty package, with no tag identifying the giver – would you open it?…

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