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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

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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Putting the P, D, & R back into Endpoint Protection Detection and Response

by Avivah Litan  |  October 23, 2017

We just published a research note Market Insight: Increase Market Share With User-Aware and Bundled Endpoint Security  that shows most endpoint security buyers want to buy EPP (Endpoint Protection) and EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) together in one package with one agent. That would be a good start for a fragmenting market. This trend and buyer push […]

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Our Country has Been Hijacked and Equifax is only the latest casualty

by Avivah Litan  |  September 10, 2017

By now everyone concerned about cybersecurity has heard of the Equifax hack and potential compromise of over 140 million identity records containing Americans’ most sensitive PII (Personally Identifiable Information).  New reports indicate that British and Canadian citizens’ data were also compromised, which makes sense given that Equifax houses their data too. Of course, lots of […]

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Can we Trust “Black Box” Machine Learning when it comes to Security or is there a Better Way?

by Avivah Litan  |  July 27, 2017

Machine learning is relatively new to security. It first went mainstream a few years ago in a few security domains such as UEBA, network traffic analytics and endpoint protection. Several vendors earned strong brand recognition by pioneering ML in those spaces. (For examples, see Forecast Snapshot: User and Entity Behavior Analytics, Worldwide, 2017 ; Magic Quadrant for […]

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