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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 Future Of Identity And Access Management

    Vision: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    October 17, 2018 Andras Cser, Merritt Maxim

    Identity and access management (IAM) capabilities have become critical in the fight to protect customers from account takeover, identity theft, and privacy abuses. Business leaders, CIOs, and CISOs use IAM technologies to both engage with customers and protect them throughout the customer life cycle and journey. In this report, we help security and risk (S&R) professionals understand how they can leverage IAM technologies to enable customer-centric digital transformation initiatives and new business models in the next two 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: Best Practices: Customer And Employee Authentication

    Use Authentication To Reduce The Risk Of Data Breaches, Account Takeovers, And Fraud

    October 4, 2018 Andras Cser, Merritt Maxim

    At their simplest, authentication solutions keep the bad guys out and let the good guys in. Security professionals use them to enforce user access policy and provide login and authorization services to employees and customers across web, mobile app, and even phone channels. For security teams seeking to reduce the risk of credential misuse, account takeovers, data breaches, and other fraud, this report looks at best practices on how to select, architect, and implement these solutions.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Identity Management And Governance, Q3 2018

    Tools And Technology: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    September 25, 2018Merritt Maxim

    In our 26-criterion evaluation of identity management and governance (IMG) providers, we identified the nine most significant ones — CA Technologies, IBM, Ivanti, Micro Focus, Omada, One Identity, RSA Security, SailPoint Technologies, Saviynt — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps security and risk (S&R) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester's Identity And Access Management Maturity Assessment

    Assessment: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    August 23, 2018Merritt 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, access governance, 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. Security leaders can use this tool to identify gaps in their current IAM strategy and practices and improve their overall security posture. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester updates it regularly for data accuracy and relevance.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: How To Secure Connected And Autonomous Vehicles

    Security Pros Must Prepare For Emerging Transportation-Specific Cyberthreats

    August 9, 2018Merritt Maxim, Salvatore Schiano

    Connected and autonomous vehicles (CVs and AVs) are transforming transportation. While business leaders enthuse about reinventing the in-vehicle customer experience to drive brand loyalty and differentiation, security and risk (S&R) pros struggle to secure and protect the complex vehicle infrastructure. Insecure vehicles can lead to data loss, privacy abuse, physical harm, and revenue loss. This report outlines the threats facing transportation and how S&R pros can assess and mitigate the risks.

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