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Maxine Holt

Senior Research Director

Country UK

Experience 20+ years

Maxine Holt

Maxine leads Omdia's cybersecurity proposition, developing a comprehensive research program in this area to support vendor, service provider, and enterprise clients. Having worked with enterprises across multiple industries in the world of information security, Maxine has a strong understanding of the challenges faced and how organizations can look to overcome these challenges. 

Maxine rejoined Omdia, formerly Ovum, in 2018, having spent over two years at the Information Security Forum (ISF) developing research in areas including Protecting the Crown Jewels and Securing Collaboration Platforms. Prior to the ISF, Maxine spent 15 years at Ovum covering topics including security, human capital management, and identity and access management. Maxine has a particular interest in how all the component parts of security combine to make up an organization's security posture. She is a regular speaker at events and writes articles for leading publications on various aspects of information security. 


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  • It’s time to address cybersecurity complexity

    Cybersecurity

    It’s time to address cybersecurity complexity

    Review of how cybersecurity complexity has built up in layers of security controls and technologies to address the latest threats as Black Hat USA’s first virtual event approaches.

  • Wake up to cyber-espionage

    Cybersecurity

    Wake up to cyber-espionage

    Cyber-espionage has hit the headlines, with APT29 accused of attempting to steal COVID-19 vaccine development information. Organizations in all sectors should not be surprised that cyber-espionage is real and must be addressed.

  • A new opportunity to break the “Rule of Steve”

    Cybersecurity

    A new opportunity to break the “Rule of Steve”

    To build the workforce, we need to encourage diversity. We need more women, more ethnic diversity, more neurodiversity. We need more people from a range of groups who have the right aptitude and attitude to work in information and cybersecurity.

  • Do we need to accept a lack of privacy in order to fight COVID-19?

    Cybersecurity

    Do we need to accept a lack of privacy in order to fight COVID-19?

    The ability to trace contacts of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 may well be key to containing the virus as governments look to ease lockdown restrictions around the world. However, the words “track and trace” are likely to be alarming to data privacy advocates and potentially to others who might not have considered this already proven means of easing restrictions.

  • Has COVID-19 thrown the data privacy rule book out of the window

    Enterprise IT

    Has COVID-19 thrown the data privacy rule book out of the window

    Data privacy is not immune to the impact of COVID-19, and decisions are being made about data privacy during this pandemic that should be giving us all pause for thought.

  • COVID-19 and cybersecurity - a key role for the information security function

    Enterprise IT

    COVID-19 and cybersecurity - a key role for the information security function

    Dealing with the enterprise disruption caused by COVID-19 starts with risk and leads into security

  • COVID-19 crisis helps put security in context

    Omdia - Cybersecurity - Threat Mitigation Technology Intelli...

    COVID-19 crisis helps put security in context

    In our globalised world, high-profile events such as Covid-19 have huge business impacts, some of which may be felt by CISOs. What responsibilities do security professionals have in such circumstances?

  • Analyst Commentary: Has COVID-19 thrown the data privacy rule book out of the window?

    Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise IT

    Analyst Commentary: Has COVID-19 thrown the data privacy rule book out of the window?

    COVID-19 is changing our lives, both personal and professional. Data privacy is not immune to the impact of COVID-19, and decisions are being made about data privacy during this pandemic that should be giving us all pause for thought.

  • COVID-19 and cybersecurity: A key role for the information security function

    Cybersecurity, Enterprise IT

    COVID-19 and cybersecurity: A key role for the information security function

    The effects of the coronavirus are far-reaching in the business world and the information security function is no exception to this disruption.

  • ServiceNow’s aspirations highlighted by new CEO and president

    Enterprise IT

    ServiceNow’s aspirations highlighted by new CEO and president

    In 1Q20 Omdia had the opportunity to catch up with the new CEO and president of ServiceNow, Bill McDermott. Even though he hasn’t been at ServiceNow for long, McDermott has an astute view of how this rapidly growing software company can build further.

  • Data Privacy Day demands better data management

    Cybersecurity Accelerator

    Data Privacy Day demands better data management

    Organizational responsibilities for protecting data

  • Data Privacy Day is nearly upon us

    Cybersecurity

    Data Privacy Day is nearly upon us

    Data Privacy Day is nearly here. January 28, 2020 marks the 14th such day since the launch in Europe of Data Protection Day in 2007. Privacy and protection are interchangeably used terms, but both focus on ensuring that data is kept safe. Yet organizations are consistently failing to keep safe the personally identifiable information (PII) they hold about individuals.

  • How to plan for a cybersecurity incident

    Enterprise IT

    How to plan for a cybersecurity incident

    Organizations can fail if there are inadequate or no incident response plans in place. The “six-Ps” mantra clearly applies: proper preparation and planning prevents poor performance.

  • The key to a resilient organization is a comprehensive backup and recovery plan and capability

    Cybersecurity

    The key to a resilient organization is a comprehensive backup and recovery plan and capability

    When it comes to cyberattacks, organizations can fail if there are inadequate security incident response plans in place. The "six P's" mantra clearly applies: proper preparation and planning prevents poor performance.

  • "Dishonorable" data protection practice

    Cybersecurity

    "Dishonorable" data protection practice

    Alongside names of recipients, the UK's New Year Honours' list for January 2020 briefly featured the full address of each recipient – a serious breach of data security by the UK government's Cabinet Office.