Merritt Maxim

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Perspectives On One Identity’s Acquisition Of OneLogin

Merritt Maxim October 8, 2021
On October 4, 2021, identity and access management (IAM) vendor One Identity announced plans to acquire identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) vendor OneLogin for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2009, OneLogin is an established pure-play IDaaS vendor that primarily serves midmarket enterprises, with a unified platform for employees, partners, and customers, and has raised over $170 million in […]
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Okta Acquires Identity Orchestration And CIAM Vendor Auth0 For $6.5B

Andras Cser March 4, 2021
Forrester analysts take a detailed look at what's driving the unprecedented premium being paid in this acquisition.
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New Research: Emerging Use Cases And Risks For Biometrics

Merritt Maxim October 1, 2020
Biometric authentication is a powerful technology with many compelling use cases but is not without controversy and distinct risks. What are users’ privacy rights in how biometric information is processed and stored? How are biometrics regulated around the world? How can the use of biometrics lead to discriminatory practices? What security shortcomings are associated with […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 15, 2020
A Flash-Point Week For Facial Recognition Last week, IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft came out and made some big announcements on how they intend to halt or ban the use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement. At a time when privacy and civil rights dominate the zeitgeist, these values-based decisions will force much-needed dialogue on the ethics of facial recognition […]
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A Flash-Point Week For Facial Recognition

Srividya Sridharan June 11, 2020
Our analysts address the five most pressing questions in the facial recognition debate.
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The Security Snapshot: Embracing The New Norm

Merritt Maxim May 14, 2020
Our security analysts provide guidance for managing security and risk during the coronavirus pandemic.
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New Technologies Expand The Physical Security Portfolio

Merritt Maxim April 23, 2020
In this new era of social distancing, the physical security world may seem less relevant. But the digital and physical worlds are converging. These dependent systems are increasingly tested to manage a diverse range of incidents ranging from extreme weather, malicious cyberattacks, terrorist attacks, and more. Emerging technologies like drones, antidetection systems, and 3D printing […]
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Recapping RSA Conference 2020: The Human Element

Elsa Pikulik March 11, 2020
In prior years, the RSA Conference focused on themes such as Zero Trust, geopolitical risk, and automation. While those themes were still present at this year’s conference, it was harder to discern one dominant central theme for the conference. I inferred that “no new buzzwords” exemplifies the theme. This year’s RSA Conference suggested that the […]
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Decade Retrospective: Cybersecurity From 2010 To 2019

Jeff Pollard December 17, 2019
From the Intel-McAfee deal to the Sony Pictures breach, VP and Principal Analyst Jeff Pollard reviews the past decade’s cybersecurity highlights and lowlights.
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The Security Snapshot: Shaping The New Cybersecurity Culture

Merritt Maxim August 29, 2019
All managers understand that both recruiting top talent as well as crafting a winning team and company culture is crucial to high performance. However, 22% of security decision makers note their team being understaffed as one of their biggest security challenges. A further 20% list the unavailability of employees with the right skills as one […]
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Broadcom Buys Symantec’s Enterprise Biz: Good News For Investors, Bad News For Enterprises

Merritt Maxim August 9, 2019
Yesterday, Broadcom announced a definitive deal to acquire the enterprise business of Symantec for $10.7 billion in cash. This deal caps weeks of speculation that Symantec was in play, initiated in May 2019 following the sudden resignation of Symantec CEO Greg Clarke in May and a downward revision to Symantec’s FY 2020 revenue guidance earlier […]
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Making The Smart City Safe And Secure

Merritt Maxim July 22, 2019
Smart infrastructure intensifies the need for cities to adopt Zero Trust security strategy. Or else they run the risk of devastating ransomware attacks. Learn more.
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The Growing Legal And Regulatory Implications Of Collecting Biometric Data

Merritt Maxim May 2, 2019
In the last few years, biometric technologies from fingerprint to facial recognition are increasingly being leveraged by consumers for a wide range of use cases, ranging from payments to checking luggage at an airport or boarding a plane. While these technologies often simplify the user authentication experience, they also introduce new privacy challenges around the […]
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The Security And Privacy Implications Of Drones

Merritt Maxim April 22, 2019
Over the past few years, drones have transitioned from military-only applications into a strategic asset that is transforming a range of industries such as construction, real estate, insurance, and agriculture. Yet while drones introduce a range of use cases, the growth of drones also represents a new physical threat that demands the attention of security […]
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Akamai Purchases Janrain

Merritt Maxim January 7, 2019
Today, Akamai announced that it has acquired Portland, Oregon-based Janrain. Although the financial terms were not disclosed, Forrester estimates the purchase price to be in the $250M–$275M range, based on typical M&A SaaS revenue multiples of 4X to 6X and Forrester’s estimation of Janrain’s annual revenue. Founded in 2003, Janrain was one of the first […]
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Marriott Breach: Starwood Hacker Gains Access To 500 Million Customer Records

Jeff Pollard November 30, 2018
Another Friday, Another Breach Announcement Today, Marriott announced that it uncovered four-plus years of a previously unknown, unexpected, and unauthorized data breach that includes travel details, passport numbers, and credit card data. Five hundred million customers found out this morning when Marriott announced a multiyear breach dating back to 2014. Longstanding defects in Starwood’s database and network […]
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Cisco Purchases Duo Security For $2.3 Billion

Merritt Maxim August 2, 2018
Today, Cisco announced that it has acquired Ann Arbor, Michigan/California-based Duo Security for $2.35 billion in cash. Founded in 2010, Duo Security has been growing rapidly over the last few years with its multifactor authentication (MFA) offering and has raised over $120 million in venture financing to date. Based on Forrester’s estimates of Duo Security’s […]
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Cybersecurity And Professional Sports: Securing The Internet Of Sports

Merritt Maxim July 25, 2018
Over the past few years, companies in all markets have embraced digital transformation, whether it is financial services finding new mechanisms to engage with customers or manufacturers adding sensors and other data collection components into their operational processes. These digital transformation efforts are about leveraging digital insights to drive better outcomes. Digital transformation has value in the […]
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The CIAM Implications Of The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Merritt Maxim April 11, 2018
My fellow Forrester analysts have been covering the data and privacy implications of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal in several excellent blog posts, such as this one and this from yesterday, but this scandal has highlighted some CIAM-specific implications that CISOs and CMOs need to assess, particularly around the future role of social login. For those […]
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M&A In The IAM Market Is Off To A Strong Start In 2018

Merritt Maxim February 1, 2018
We’re only one month into 2018 and have already witnessed a surge in M&A activity in the IAM space. Since January 1, 2018, four major IAM related deals, totaling over $1 billion (based on reported amounts and Forrester estimates on certain transactions), have been announced: • KPMG acquired Cyberinc. • One Identity acquired Balabit. • […]
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