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Avivah Litan
VP Distinguished Analyst
12 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

Avivah Litan is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. Her area of expertise includes financial fraud, authentication, access management, identity proofing, identity theft, fraud detection and prevention applications…Read Full Bio

Practicing Offensive Defense; Lessons from Israel

by Avivah Litan  |  February 6, 2017

The security industry seems to feed on itself. Most security doctrines view security from the inside out, essentially turning companies into sitting ducks waiting for the next attack to appear. They try to fend off an attack as soon as it hits with either protection or detection that use point solutions patched together in a […]

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Booming $500 Million EDR market faces stiff challenges

by Avivah Litan  |  January 12, 2017

My colleague Lawrence Pingree and I just published a Competitive Landscape on the EDR market  (see Competitive Landscape: Endpoint Detection and Response Tools ) and found a booming market that more than doubled in 2016, from $238 million in 2015 revenue to about $500 million in 2016.  Just four vendors – Tanium, FireEye, CrowdStrike and Carbon Black […]

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The Disappearing UEBA Market

by Avivah Litan  |  January 3, 2017

I’m working on a forecast for the UEBA market and it’s quickly bringing this fact into focus By 2022 – there will be no more UEBA market.  Yes the UEBA market has been doubling every year and we estimate it grew from $50M in 2015 to $100M in 2016 and will double again to $200M […]

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Yahoobreach! How many more Billions of Stolen User Records will it take for the U.S. to Respond?

by Avivah Litan  |  December 16, 2016

The latest disclosure of one billion Yahoo! user records is SHOCKING and begs the question: Where has all this stolen data gone?  If so many identities have been compromised, why haven’t we all lost ‘our shirts’ by now? More American identities have been compromised than haven’t according to U.S. state tax agencies I’ve spoken with. […]

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Simple People Centric Security Actually Works at Large Midwest Energy firm

by Avivah Litan  |  December 7, 2016

I just returned from a Gartner peer-connect event where some 65 CISOs shared experiences, concerns and visions for a more secure future. There were many substantive discussions but one that stood out was a case study presented by a CISO from a large Midwest energy firm who implemented some simple people-centric and whitelisting security steps […]

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What Years of Hacks tell Vote Recount and Security Custodians

by Avivah Litan  |  November 27, 2016

It’s good to see that Americans are starting to take voting systems security seriously.  Secure voting is essential to democracy, but as with most other systems, no one thinks about it until there’s been a hack. Hopefully the upcoming vote recount will tell us if our voting systems have been hacked, if in fact there’s […]

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Cyber Hacking Lessons from the U.S. Election

by Avivah Litan  |  November 10, 2016

I was as stunned as anyone by the U.S. election results. I also immediately questioned the security of the state election systems. I just can’t help but wonder why an August 29  story written by well-respected journalist Michael Isikoff that ran on Yahoo News detailing an FBI alert about hacks into state election servers was […]

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Minformation; the new threat to Insider threat detection

by Avivah Litan  |  November 8, 2016

I just returned from a FITSI federal government information security conference where I spoke about insider threats.  A forensics expert in the audience asked one of the most provocative questions I’ve heard on this issue – what happens if an insider threat detection system falsely accuses an insider of a crime? This of course is […]

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Most SIEM vendors can’t make it to UEBA

by Avivah Litan  |  November 8, 2016

Gartner colleagues have been talking for a while about the convergence of SIEM and UEBA but the bigger question is: Can old school SIEM vendors retool their core engines to incorporate advanced analytics, user and entity profiling and risk scoring?  I think it will be tough for them to do this – mainly because of […]

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McAfee (Intel) User Conference – Old School meets New School before Lights go Out

by Avivah Litan  |  November 5, 2016

  I just returned from the ‘new’ McAfee’s (Intel Security) user and analyst conference in Las Vegas. The guest speakers – Ashton Kutcher (yes he actually has a brain!) and Ted Koppel – were phenomenal and the firm certainly was espousing all the right messages.  The new McAfee brand – whose new logo was introduced […]

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