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The Future of Authentication Is Biometrics and Passwordless

Forrester's Merritt Maxim and Paul McKay on How Remote Work Changes Authentication

The need for more modern identity and access management capabilities such as biometric and passwordless authentication has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote work, say Paul McKay, principal analyst, Forrester, and Merritt Maxim, vice president and research director, Forrester.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2022, McKay and Maxim also discuss:

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  • How new regulations are driving greater focus on privacy issues;
  • The increased need for risk quantification among enterprises;
  • How changing security budgets have affected procurement decisions.

Maxim leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services on topics such as identity and access management, fraud management, cloud security, threat intelligence, detection and response, and cyber risk quantification. He also provides Forrester's coverage of specific security topics including IAM, physical security and IoT security. Prior to becoming research director in 2019, Merritt served as principal analyst at Forrester, helping global security leaders derive significant business value from their IAM initiatives.

McKay focuses on security and risk at Forrester. He works with organizations to help them shape and deliver their cybersecurity strategies to support the delivery of their core business vision. McKay's research coverage includes cybersecurity risk ratings solutions and cyber risk quantification, CISO and security leadership research in the European market, and European security service providers, focusing on managed security service providers and security consultancies. He is frequently asked to comment on areas relevant to his research coverage and has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, ZDNet, SC Magazine, Handelsblatt, City A.M. and Infosecurity Magazine. Prior to joining the security and risk team, McKay worked in the consulting industry providing cybersecurity advisory services to clients in all industries in the U.K. and Europe at firms including EY, Deloitte and Accenture.


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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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