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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

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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Yahoo! breach news is shocking but not surprising – what to do now?

by Avivah Litan  |  September 23, 2016

The 2014 compromise of a half billion user records at Yahoo! by a state-sponsored actor is shocking but not surprising. For years, we have been noting (what our clients have told us),  which is that: More American identities have been compromised than have not (See The Global Identity Dilemma: Static Biometrics are NOT the answer ). State […]

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The Global Identity Dilemma – Static Biometrics are NOT the answer

by Avivah Litan  |  September 16, 2016

I just returned from a couple of business trips to Brazil and Russia and reinforced my view that identity proofing is one of the top fraud issues across the globe. Companies and government agencies everywhere struggle to identify the person on the other end of an electronic transaction.  Fraudsters either make up fictitious identities, or […]

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Meet Delilah – the first Insider Threat Trojan

by Avivah Litan  |  July 14, 2016

Criminal recruitment of insiders is becoming an industry now with the release of a new Trojan called “Delilah”. Delilah recruits targeted insiders via social engineering and/or extortion, sometimes using ransomware techniques. It remains a closely held Trojan not yet available on the common black market, and is only shared amongst closed hacker groups, according to […]

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The Missing ‘D’ in the UEBA market

by Avivah Litan  |  June 22, 2016

I just got back from a whirlwind client-packed week at the flagship Gartner Security Summit in the Washington D.C. area. One thing that hit home was discussions with DAM (Database Activity Monitoring) vendors who are implementing a data centric view of UEBA. That is, they are starting with the data that their current products revolve […]

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Insider threats escalate and thrive in the Dark Web

by Avivah Litan  |  June 21, 2016

Insiders are being actively recruited by criminals operating on the Dark Web, according to Gartner clients. Disgruntled employees working at companies across many sectors, such as financial services, pharma, retail, tech, and government are gladly selling their services to the bad guys in order to inflict harm on their employers.  Seeking harm and revenge on […]

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Fraud hits U.S. real time payments; SWIFT heists repeated?

by Avivah Litan  |  May 19, 2016

In a little noticed event, U.S. Banks started originating real time ACH payments as part of a widespread U.S. move to real time banking payments that should be largely in place by the end of this year. (For more information, refer to NACHA, The Clearing House, and Federal Reserve Faster Payments websites). But is the […]

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Credit Card industry challenged as Fraud rises significantly at EMV-capable merchants

by Avivah Litan  |  March 14, 2016

In a little noticed but highly significant event, two small Florida merchants are lead plaintiffs in a potential class action suing the financial services industry for conspiring to get the merchants to eat more fraud. The merchants point out that their fraud rates and charges have risen more than twenty times since the October 2015 […]

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