Ed Ferrara

Principal Analyst serving Security & Risk PROFESSIONALS

Ed contributes to Forrester's offerings for the Security & Risk Professional, leading the company's coverage of security metrics, security program effectiveness, security awareness, and enterprise security information architecture. Ed's research builds on his work as a highly experienced in-program manager for the design and delivery of secure information technology solutions, including strategy, process, applications, and infrastructure. He has consulted with Fortune 50 companies in the area of solution determination based on understanding the needs and the skills required to create a successful security posture for large complex organizations.

Previous Work Experience

Before coming to Forrester, Ed's background was in information security consulting, leading a global information security practice for financial services, commercial, and chemical clients. Ed is an expert in the design and delivery of secure, cost-effective, high-performance information security solutions, methodology, and standards to address complex business and security problems. Ed holds a US patent in the area of software development, specifically in the area of software requirements traceability using UML and software patterns to align business requirements with IT implementation. He has successfully developed and implemented technology and organizational change programs globally for Fortune 100 companies. Ed has strong program and project management skills, as well as, demonstrated competence in multidivision matrix management, technical management, relationship building, and projecting influence at the C-level. Ed holds the CISSP certification.


Ed holds two master's degrees, in education technology and computer science from the University of Delaware and information assurance (cum laude) from Norwich University, as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Ed Ferrara's Research

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Develop Effective Security Metrics

    This report outlines the benchmarks for Forrester's solution for security and risk (S&R) professionals looking to build a high-performance security program and organization. We designed this rep...

    • Downloads: 2368
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Managed Security Services: North America, Q1 2012

    In Forrester's 60-criteria evaluation of the North American managed security services market, we identified the nine significant service providers in this category — AT&T, CSC, Dell Se...

    • Downloads: 1302
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Emerging Managed Security Service Providers, Q1 2013

    In Forrester's 15-criteria evaluation of the emerging managed security services provider (MSSP) market, we identified the 10 most significant providers in this category — Alert Logic; Comp...

    • Downloads: 1207
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Information Security Consulting Services, Q1 2013

    The information security consulting market is growing explosively because security and risk professionals often lack the skill and bandwidth to accomplish their increasingly difficult mission. T...

    • Downloads: 1023
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Don't Bore Your Executives — Speak To Them In A Language That They Understand

    The ability to communicate effectively has always been a core competency for any business executive, and today's chief information security officer (CISO) is fast becoming a business executive. ...

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