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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

Reflections on Consensus 2019; Gartner’s Blockchain Special Report can help the dialogue

by Avivah Litan  |  May 20, 2019

I just got back from the Consensus Blockchain conference in NYC. It definitely reinforced my view that: Blockchain technology is still immature and not ‘enterprise-ready’. Still, a plethora of ongoing innovations will surely change that status over the next couple of years. Many organizations are still struggling to figure out what blockchain is good for […]

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Blockchain with IoT is promising – despite Bitcoin’s price crash!

by Avivah Litan  |  April 29, 2019

Organizational interest in enterprise blockchain is tightly correlated with the rise and fall in Bitcoin prices. No surprise, this finding is supported by Gartner’s correlation analysis of social media conversations on enterprise blockchain with the price of Bitcoin.  See Figure 1. (Study covered period between April 1, 2017 and March 31 2019 – see notes […]

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Real ID can turn into REAL security issues

by Avivah Litan  |  March 26, 2019

I just returned from a trip to my local MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) to get my driver’s license renewed. And I came home worried more than ever about my identity being hijacked by a bad actor. Having spent many years as a fraud analyst, I went into this process duly impressed that they were making […]

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Enterprise (Permissioned) Blockchain; Hardly a Revolution Yet

by Avivah Litan  |  March 5, 2019

Blockchain winter and disillusionment has surely set in.  But if you break the technology and enterprise use cases down, some aspects of blockchain serve a solid achievable purpose, though I would hardly call it a revolution. In the short term, at least, the primary benefit being achieved in enterprise permissioned blockchain is that it supports […]

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QuadrigaCX: Don’t confuse suspect exchanges with blockchain technology

by Avivah Litan  |  February 5, 2019

The incident at QuadrigaCX reminds us that no matter how secure a technology is, the weakest security link is almost always the people who interface with the system.  QuadrigaCX is a major  cryptocurrency exchange in Canada, and the alleged death of its founder — the only person reportedly to have possession of the password to […]

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Amazon’s QLDB challenges Permissioned Blockchain

by Avivah Litan  |  January 21, 2019

Amazon Web Services recently announced the preview of Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB), promising a centrally administered immutable data ledger within AWS.  We predict that QLDB and other competitive centralized ledger technology offerings that will eventually emerge will gain at least twenty percent of permissioned blockchain market share over the next three years. My colleague Nick […]

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7 Lessons from Marriott Starwood breach and what Mueller teaches us

by Avivah Litan  |  December 10, 2018

Starwood emailed me a couple days ago telling me my data was part of their 500 million record customer data breach.  The remediation actions they offered me: call their call center, read their email, proactively learn if my data is for sale (without a URL to enroll in that service) …only served to infuriate me.  […]

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Ransomware indictments raise Alarms; Proof (again) Bitcoin NOT anonymous

by Avivah Litan  |  December 3, 2018

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted two Iranians for perpetrating cyber-attacks using SamSam, an advanced variant of ransomware. SamSAM is best known for attacking the City of Atlanta’s municipal systems in March 2018, rendering many of them dysfunctional for almost a week. See Wikipedia on Atlanta SamSam attacks Other SamSam targets include; Kansas […]

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Exploring the Potential of Blockchain and IoT integration

by Avivah Litan  |  October 25, 2018

My colleague Benoit Lheureux and I are starting up some new research on the integration of IoT and blockchain. Understanding the value of this integration is easy to do especially when we think about different asset tracking use cases. For example, shipping pharmaceuticals or various food substances often requires that the individual units are refrigerated […]

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Illicit Crypto Activity points to need for Fraud Detection

by Avivah Litan  |  October 1, 2018

Saturday’s front page Wall Street Journal article (see How Dirty Money Disappears into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency ) indirectly points to the emerging need for fraud detection for cryptocurrency and other blockchain transactions. Despite the hype, and for the time being, criminal use of startup cryptocurrency exchanges for money laundering  appears to be relatively small […]

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