Khalid Kark

Vice President, Research Director serving CIOs

Khalid serves CIOs, leading the team responsible for delivering research and advisory services to IT leaders. He provides strategic guidance and advice to clients in the areas of organization design; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); and emerging technologies. His research focuses on helping clients mature from an IT-centric role in their organizations to a business-embedded one. Khalid has extensive experience working with the government, healthcare, and financial services sectors.

Khalid has been widely quoted in the press, including such media outlets as MSNBC, The Boston Globe, CIO Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Khalid is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, Khalid worked for a global insurance company where he provided leadership and direction for the information security program. Prior to this, he worked as a consultant and program manager at a telco, helping clients with IT strategy and architecture.


Khalid holds master's degree in networks and telecommunications management from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in business and economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Twelve Recommendations For Your 2011 Security Strategy

    Governance, Maturity, And Analytics Are The Major Themes For 2011

    Every winter Forrester outlines 12 important recommendations for your security strategy for the coming year. We base these recommendations on hundreds of client inquiries, numerous consulting...

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:CISO Handbook: Ten Tips For Building A Successful Security Steering Committee

    As information security matures into a formal discipline, it needs formal governance mechanisms. Over the past 12 months, Forrester has seen increased interest and activity in establishing security...

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:The New Threat Landscape: Proceed With Caution

    Understand The New Threat Paradigm To Make Your Responses More Effective

    The information security threat landscape is changing rapidly, and many security organizations are struggling to keep up with the changing nature, complexity, and scale of attacks. Not only is it...

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Security Organization Trends 2010

    The scope of IT security continues to expand, and with it the visibility of the security organization is rising. Most security organizations now regularly engage with executives and business...

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:2008 CISO Agenda: Embrace Change

    Ten Changes To Existing Practices That Will Guarantee Your Success

    It's amazing how little progress we see year after year. As we look back to early 2007, or even 2006, not a lot has changed in what's expected of the security organization and what the chief...

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    Report:2008 CISO Priorities: The Right Objectives But The Wrong Focus

    There is a definite chasm between chief information security officers' (CISOs') priorities and their responsibilities. CISOs understand that their priorities need to align with business objectives,...

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    Report:2007 Security Budgets Increase: The Transition To Information Risk Management Begins

    In 2007, most firms plan to spend between 7.5% and 9.0% of their IT budgets on security, regardless of their size, geography, and industry. This convergence of budgets points to the maturity of...

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