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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

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Microsoft Moves Past Outdated Password Policies; DIDs instead?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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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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