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Avivah Litan
VP Distinguished Analyst
19 years at Gartner
34 years IT industry

Avivah Litan is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. Ms. Litan's areas of expertise include endpoint security, security analytics for cybersecurity and fraud, user and entity behavioral analytics, and insider threat detection. Read Full Bio

Why Facebook’s Libra feels Liberated after Visa, Mastercard and others Defect

by Avivah Litan  |  October 14, 2019

Facebook’s David Marcus tweeted it was liberating for Visa, MasterCard and others to defect last Friday and politely thanked the organizations for hanging in there as long as they did. See David Marcus October 11 Tweet Marcus wasn’t explicit about why the defections were liberating, but my guess is that having these (old guard) financial firms […]

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Can MPC Rescue us from Blockchain Private Keys?

by Avivah Litan  |  September 26, 2019

Private Key management is the Achilles Heel of blockchain applications. The loss of a private key represents a single point of failure. Indeed, most of us have heard nightmare stories of users losing their private key and consequently all of their crypto assets, never to be recovered. Sound key management practices are critical for maintaining […]

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Will it be Cash or Crypto in the Amazon?

by Avivah Litan  |  September 20, 2019

Just back from a trip to the Ecuador Amazon and the Andes, I was intrigued to hear of Amazon’s Amazon Cash and Paycode expansion announcement this week. See Amazon now offers you more Ways to Pay in Cash. This new payment mechanism should appeal to consumers who transact in cash and who don’t have an active […]

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Top Trends in Blockchain Technology; inching towards Web 3.0

by Avivah Litan  |  September 19, 2019

There’s no shortage of news about mega digital commerce players controlling the algorithms that guide our daily actions and thoughts.  See Amazon Changed Search Algorithms in Ways to Boost its Own Products and Google under antitrust investigation by 50 attorneys general Thankfully, there is also plenty of ‘antidote’ news – albeit more esoteric — that shows notable […]

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Blockchain’s Big Bang: Web 3.0

by Avivah Litan  |  August 8, 2019

The potential of blockchain is enormous as it will be a foundational protocol for the next generation Web 3.0 which we expect will overtake the current Web 2.0 in 5-7 years. Here is how we define Web 3.0, the decentralized Web:  Source: Guidance for Assessing Blockchain Platforms, Homan Farahmand, Gartner. See also Hype Cycle for Blockchain Technologies […]

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Google in Blockchain

by Avivah Litan  |  July 23, 2019

Last month, Google made a low key announcement on its partnership with Chainlink, a blockchain startup (previously called SmartContract – see Cool Vendors in Blockchain Applications 2017) that specializes in bidirectional integration of off chain data with smart contracts. To understand Google’s direction with blockchain, please refer to this Google blog relating to their Chainlink partnership […]

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Regulator concern about Facebook’s Libra sparks questions about Permissioned Blockchain

by Avivah Litan  |  June 19, 2019

EU regulators and U.S. legislators are pushing back against Facebook’s new Libra project. They worry that Facebook, whom they already don’t trust, will have too much control over a new global currency. Regulatory concerns – are they justified? Lawmaker concerns would be much easier to dismiss if Facebook had started Libra on a public blockchain […]

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APAC (China) beats North America (U.S.) in Blockchain; Where are we Headed?

by Avivah Litan  |  June 13, 2019

China – and other countries in APAC – are way ahead of the U.S. when it comes to Blockchain adoption.  In fact North America lags behind every region except Africa when it comes to blockchain project progress and production. This conclusion, discussed in our June 12 webinar on Blockchain trends Blockchain Unraveled: What Succeeds and What […]

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Microsoft Moves Past Outdated Password Policies; DIDs instead?

by Avivah Litan  |  June 6, 2019

Microsoft just announced they are dropping the password-expiration policies that require periodic password changes in Windows 10 version 1903 and Windows Server version 1903.  Microsoft explains in detail this new change and the rationale behind it, emphasizing that they support layered security and authentication protections beyond passwords but that they cannot express those protections in […]

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Blockchain Unraveled – and Podcast on Business Transformation

by Avivah Litan  |  May 28, 2019

Blockchain is still a bit of a black box to most people I speak with. Understanding the technology is a prerequisite for making the right use of it.         For the time being, Permissioned (Enterprise) Blockchains mainly implement the DLT (distributed ledger technology) component rather than the full stack of blockchain technology […]

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