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Merritt Maxim

VP, Research Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Merritt leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services that address the needs of security and risk professionals. His team focuses on identity and access management (IAM), endpoint security, threat intelligence, and vulnerability management strategies and technologies.

Previously, Merritt was a principal analyst on the security and risk team, focusing on IAM best practices and technologies as well as physical security and internet-of-things (IoT) security. He continues to help clients address their IAM and physical security needs, map out customer requirements and strategies, and navigate the IAM technology and services landscape.

Previous Work Experience

Merritt has over 20 years of product management and product marketing experience in the IAM space, including stints at CA Technologies, Netegrity, Nuance, OpenPages, and RSA Security. Merritt has extensive experience in global go-to-market strategies, product positioning and strategy, competitive analysis, and sales enablement.

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

Education

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

Merritt Maxim

VP, Research Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Merritt leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services that address the needs of security and risk professionals. His team focuses on identity and access management (IAM), endpoint security, threat intelligence, and vulnerability management strategies and technologies.

Previously, Merritt was a principal analyst on the security and risk team, focusing on IAM best practices and technologies as well as physical security and internet-of-things (IoT) security. He continues to help clients address their IAM and physical security needs, map out customer requirements and strategies, and navigate the IAM technology and services landscape.

Previous Work Experience

Merritt has over 20 years of product management and product marketing experience in the IAM space, including stints at CA Technologies, Netegrity, Nuance, OpenPages, and RSA Security. Merritt has extensive experience in global go-to-market strategies, product positioning and strategy, competitive analysis, and sales enablement.

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

Education

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

Merritt Maxim's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Benchmark Your Cybersecurity And Privacy Maturity, 2020

    The Benchmark Report In The Cybersecurity And Privacy Playbook

    April 28, 2020Merritt Maxim, Elsa Pikulik

    This data-driven report examines the maturity of security and privacy programs at companies around the world. It also looks at how different maturity levels vary in terms of business priorities and growth rate. CIOs should use this report to benchmark their cybersecurity and privacy programs against their peers and learn the necessary steps to improve their posture. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Infographic: Differentiate Employee Experience In Smart Building Environments

    April 17, 2020 Andrew Hewitt, Michele Pelino, Merritt Maxim

    As the importance of employee experience (EX) grows, where you work matters even more. Today's workplace is undergoing a renaissance of new digitally connected technologies designed to improve employee productivity and engagement. This infographic walks infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals through the daily journey of an employee in this modern workplace and offers best practices for deploying, managing, and securing the connected office environment.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Tech Tide™: Digital Physical Security And Employee Safety, Q2 2020

    Seventeen Technologies Underpin Physical Security And Safety Initiatives

    April 14, 2020Merritt Maxim, Salvatore Schiano

    In a world of increasing physical threats ranging from extreme weather to workplace violence, firms are making the safety of their employees a top priority. To accelerate their physical security performance, companies are evaluating and adopting a range of contributing technologies. This Forrester Tech Tide™ report presents an analysis of the maturity and business value of the 17 technology categories that support physical security and safety. Security and risk professionals should read this report to shape their firm's investment approach to these technologies.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: A Practical Guide To A Zero Trust Implementation

    Roadmap: The Zero Trust Security Playbook

    January 15, 2020 Chase Cunningham, David Holmes, Jinan Budge, Paul McKay, Andras Cser, Heidi Shey, Joseph Blankenship, Merritt Maxim

    Zero Trust is rapidly becoming the security model of choice for enterprises and governments alike. However, security leaders often don't know where to begin to implement it, or they feel daunted by the fundamental shifts in strategy and architecture Zero Trust demands. However, Zero Trust does not require that you rip out all your current security controls to start fresh, and with the right approach you can realize benefits right away. Security leaders should read this report to understand the practical building blocks of a successful Zero Trust implementation roadmap.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Managed IAM Services, Q4 2019

    Forrester's Overview Of 18 IAM Managed Security Services Providers

    December 2, 2019Merritt Maxim, Andras Cser, Sean Ryan

    You can use managed identity and access management (IAM) services providers to implement IAM faster based on prebuilt integrations and deployment models, adapt to rapidly evolving digital transformation initiatives, and gain operational efficiencies and streamline budgets. But to access these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of providers that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Security leaders should use this report to understand the value they can expect from a managed IAM services provider and select one based on size, scope, and functionality.

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