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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: The Security Of Cryptocurrencies

    Security Must Help Business Leaders Make Risk-Based Decisions On Cryptocurrency Adoption And Implementation

    February 13, 2019 Andras Cser, Heidi Shey, Jeff Pollard, Merritt Maxim

    Many enterprises are considering the adoption of cryptocurrencies for payment. As a security and risk (S&R) professional, you're responsible for helping business leaders understand the legal and regulatory risks and, importantly, how to secure the cryptocurrency. In this report, we help S&R pros: 1) understand the current adoption of cryptocurrency payments; 2) examine the threat surface; 3) investigate the regulatory landscape; and 4) identify best practices for secure implementation.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Top Trends Shaping IAM In 2019

    Landscape: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    January 3, 2019 Andras Cser, Merritt Maxim

    For today's digital businesses, identity and access management (IAM) involves more than just provisioning and enforcing employee access to corporate applications and data. Security and risk (S&R) pros must now govern and secure access across a hybrid application environment and myriad IoT devices for a variety of populations — employees, partners, and customers — all without hurting user experience. This report describes the top trends shaping the IAM landscape in 2019 and how S&R pros should adapt.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Understand The State Of Identity And Access Management, 2018 To 2019

    Benchmarks: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    December 19, 2018Merritt Maxim, Andras Cser

    This data-driven report provides spending and technology adoption benchmarks for security and risk (S&R) leaders responsible for developing a comprehensive identity and access management (IAM) strategy. It also outlines budgeting and spending, policies and tools in use, tech adoption plans, and other key IAM trends in enterprise organizations for 2018 to 2019. Understanding these trends helps S&R leaders assess their own IAM resource allocation to ensure investments are appropriate with other technology and business initiatives.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Building A Customer-Obsessed IAM Team

    Organization: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    December 18, 2018Merritt Maxim, Andras Cser

    For security and risk (S&R) leaders building a comprehensive customer identity and access management (CIAM) strategy for their digital business, this report provides an overview of the skills and job descriptions required to manage CIAM effectively. This report also details hiring best practices and the typical organizational ownership of CIAM and how it plays with other technology management and business teams.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Crisis Communication And Mass Notification Solutions, Q4 2018

    Forrester's Overview Of 17 Crisis Communication And Mass Notification Providers

    December 18, 2018Merritt Maxim

    You can use crisis communication and mass notification solutions to improve your response to critical events and incidents that disrupt business, hamper employee productivity, or threaten physical safety. But to access these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of vendors — vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. S&R leaders should use Forrester's Now Tech report to understand the value they can expect from a crisis communication and mass notification provider and select vendors based on size and functionality.

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