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Merritt Maxim

Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Merritt contributes to Forrester's offerings for Security & Risk Professionals. Merritt covers identity management and access management, including user provisioning, access governance, customer identity and access management (CIAM), identity-as-a-service (IDaaS), single sign-on (SSO), user directory infrastructure, and internet-of-things (IoT) security. His research builds on his 20 years of experience helping security leaders at global enterprises derive optimal business value from their identity and access management initiatives for employees, partners, and customers.

Merritt has spoken at industry events such as the RSA Conference and Cloud Identity Summit on identity-related topics. He also coauthored the book Wireless Security.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Merritt managed product marketing for identity management and access governance at CA Technologies, where he was involved in global go-to-market strategies, product positioning and strategy, competitive analysis, and sales enablement. Previously, Merritt held product management and product marketing roles at Security Dynamics, RSA Security, Netegrity, Nuance, and OpenPages.

Education

Merritt holds a B.A. (cum laude, with high honors) in history from Colgate University and an M.B.A. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Merritt Maxim

Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Merritt contributes to Forrester's offerings for Security & Risk Professionals. Merritt covers identity management and access management, including user provisioning, access governance, customer identity and access management (CIAM), identity-as-a-service (IDaaS), single sign-on (SSO), user directory infrastructure, and internet-of-things (IoT) security. His research builds on his 20 years of experience helping security leaders at global enterprises derive optimal business value from their identity and access management initiatives for employees, partners, and customers.

Merritt has spoken at industry events such as the RSA Conference and Cloud Identity Summit on identity-related topics. He also coauthored the book Wireless Security.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Merritt managed product marketing for identity management and access governance at CA Technologies, where he was involved in global go-to-market strategies, product positioning and strategy, competitive analysis, and sales enablement. Previously, Merritt held product management and product marketing roles at Security Dynamics, RSA Security, Netegrity, Nuance, and OpenPages.

Education

Merritt holds a B.A. (cum laude, with high honors) in history from Colgate University and an M.B.A. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Merritt Maxim's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Best Practices: Maximize The Business Value Of Biometrics

    Avoid Common Mistakes To Realize The Benefits Of Biometrics

    October 17, 2017 Andras Cser, Alexander Spiliotes, Merritt Maxim

    Biometrics helps your employees and customers engage more securely and seamlessly with your business. However, business leaders are often hesitant to consider biometrics because of unfamiliarity and privacy concerns. Security professionals can help business leaders embrace biometrics while avoiding early missteps in the purchasing process that often derail deployments. This report identifies prominent use cases for different biometric modalities, critical vendor selection criteria, and mistakes to avoid as you move the technology closer to production.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Best Practices: Securing IoT Deployments

    Addressing The Most Common IoT Security Threats

    October 11, 2017Merritt Maxim

    IoT technology has the potential to improve customer outcomes and deliver significant business benefits. However, the highly interconnected nature of IoT deployments, coupled with their scale and diverse hardware, introduces a new spectrum of security problems that could lead to large data breaches or other consequences. This report provides perspectives on the key IoT security vulnerabilities and offers security pros recommendations for how they can mitigate cyberattacks and the risk of an IoT data breach.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of Identity And Access Management

    Vision: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    October 10, 2017 Andras Cser, Merritt Maxim

    Identity and access management (IAM) technologies have become critical in the fight to protect customers from fraud, identity theft, and privacy abuses. Business leaders, CIOs, and CISOs use these technologies to both engage with customers and protect them throughout their journey. In this report, we help security and risk (S&R) professionals understand how they can leverage IAM technologies to enable new customer functionality and business models in the next three years. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester's IAM Maturity Assessment

    Assessment: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    October 4, 2017Merritt Maxim, Andras Cser

    Security leaders often struggle to understand the gaps and potential security vulnerabilities related to the broad range of identity and access management (IAM) functional areas such as identity management, two-factor authentication (2FA), web single sign-on (SSO), federation, and privileged identity management. To help security leaders, we developed Forrester's IAM Maturity Assessment tool. With this tool, security leaders can identify gaps in their current IAM strategy and practices and improve their overall security posture.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Security Strength And Ease Benchmark: US Most-Visited Federal Government Websites, 2017

    September 14, 2017 Andras Cser, Rick Parrish, Alexander Spiliotes, Merritt Maxim

    Only 33% of federal customers are confident that the government keeps their personal information secure, and almost 50% rate federal website ease of use as neutral or poor. In this report for S&R pros, we evaluate government websites on the balance between the public-facing security features on their websites and the websites' ease of use.

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