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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

Endpoint Security and Blockchain Identity at Gartner’s Security Summit

by Avivah Litan  |  June 8, 2018

I just got back from nearly a week at Gartner’s flagship Security Summit at National Harbor. It was crazy busy but luckily it was also very motivating to speak with so many security colleagues who have similar professional interests. There’s nothing like face to face communications when it comes to brainstorming industry issues. Here are […]

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Criminals Prepare for GDPR

by Avivah Litan  |  May 24, 2018

At long last, GDPR takes effect tomorrow, Friday, May 25th.  Gartner clients in Europe, North America and across the globe are definitely busy preparing for it. In fact, GDPR was the number two search term on the Gartner research portal in April 2018, just after Blockchain.  Personally, I’m hoping GDPR works to keep my personal […]

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Blockchain, Crypto, and Women; Musings from RSAC

by Avivah Litan  |  April 23, 2018

Blockchain sessions were in full force at the RSA security conference, which I attended last week.   The sessions were informative and very well attended, especially considering they weren’t all directly aligned with the topic of security. Here are some key takeaways (see also an interview I did with ISMG  ISMG: Gartner’s Litan on Blockchain ). Hype or […]

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What to look for at the RSA Security Conference

by Avivah Litan  |  April 12, 2018

Effectively navigating the RSA Security conference next week will be a challenge – there’s always so much to see, so much to learn, and so many people to connect with face to face. This year I am attending with five main areas of interest that the conference sessions support,  and I’m optimistic that I will […]

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Emerging Insider Threat Detection Solutions

by Avivah Litan  |  April 5, 2018

Gartner inquiries on insider threat detection are up over 50% YOY for the last two months, and our clients are seeking solutions – both technical and non-technical – for a problem that legacy solutions are not effectively addressing. The Many Flavors of Insider Threats Insider threats come in many flavors as depicted below in Figure 1, […]

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Facebook privacy issues will spur adoption of Blockchain ad tech

by Avivah Litan  |  March 21, 2018

The latest Facebook debacle with Cambridge Analytica should serve as a big cold wake up call for every user of Facebook and major Internet service that uses personal data for advertising. After all, advertising revenue represents the economic lifeline that fuels these businesses – they can’t live and grow without it.  Facebook and Google dominate […]

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Banking Trojan Gangs Set Sights on Bitcoin Exchanges

by Avivah Litan  |  February 21, 2018

Crypto currency theft is becoming the ‘saveur du jour’ or ‘flavor of the day’ attack.  In 2017, at least four advanced criminal groups shifted resources away from their bank hacking activities and directed them towards hacking bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges instead.  It’s already working. In January 2018, hackers pulled off the largest crypto heist ever […]

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$800M Digital Identity News – LexisNexis parent acquires ThreatMetrix

by Avivah Litan  |  January 29, 2018

RELX Group announced on Monday that it is acquiring ThreatMetrix, for £580m– or about $815M in cash. ThreatMetrix will become part of RELX’s LexisNexis Risk Solutions that provides fraud and authentication solutions across the glove. This is a very successful exit for ThreatMetrix, which has diligently built up its digital identity business since 2005.  This […]

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Can Blockchain Disrupt Online Advertising and Eliminate Manipulation?

by Avivah Litan  |  January 22, 2018

Brave, a startup that makes a new Blockchain-based browser, just announced a million dollar cryptocurrency giveaway to promote consumer use of its browser. See Brave Browser Begins Million Dollar Token Giveaway  Brave hopes that consumers will use their new currency to reward content and service providers they interact with, and will stick around to keep earning […]

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Widespread APTs targeting Energy and Critical Infrastructure

by Avivah Litan  |  November 2, 2017

On October 20, U.S. Cert issued Alert TA17-293A ( see Alert (TA17-293A) Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors ) based on joint analysis between DHS and the FBI, that warned of APTs against government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. This came as no […]

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