Pascal Matzke

Vice President, Research Director serving CIOs

Pascal is a member of Forrester's Business Technology Futures team, which serves CIOs and their business partners by predicting the long-term business impact of information technology. His research focus is on as-a-service business models and tech-driven business transformation, analyzing the shifting and consolidating IT services and outsourcing market, as well as underlying IT market dynamics. His research examines new constituencies of buyers and suppliers that are currently reshaping and recasting the IT services market.

In addition, Pascal regularly advises end user clients on their IT services and sourcing strategies, with a particular emphasis on outsourcing decision issues, RFP creation, and vendor selection and vendor management. His research spans the business strategies, operational processes, and portfolio elements required to achieve and sustain market leadership. For example, he co-authored Forrester's Big Idea on "Converged Service Delivery: The Missing Link In Achieving Business Flexibility." Pascal is a frequent public speaker and is regularly quoted by leading business newspapers and IT magazines, such as CIO Magazine, Computing, The Economist, the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, InformationWeek, and the International Herald Tribune.

Previous Work Experience

Pascal joined Forrester in 2005 from META Group, where he was a European lead analyst and consulting director responsible for IT services and vendor strategy issues. Previously, Pascal came from Giga Information Group, where he was a senior analyst and solution program manager covering IT services and outsourcing topics, as well as the relevant vendor evaluation methodologies. Prior to joining Giga Information Group in 1997, Pascal was involved in management consulting projects at a Munich-based consulting company, mainly in the telecommunications and IT services area.


Pascal earned an M.A. in political science, economics, and modern history from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

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    Blog:Crowdsourcing my RSA panels

    The San Francisco RSA conference is now less than two weeks away, and this year I am moderating two great panels. I thought I'd reach out and solicit suggestions for discussion.  ...

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      Blog:Actionable Intelligence, Meet Terry Tate, Office Linebacker

      sdfasdfaasdfThe #Forrester Security & Risk team is hiring. We are looking for consultants to join our team #infosecasdfasdasdfasdddsadfas We are now less than two weeks away from our...

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        Blog:Kicking Off Forrester's "Targeted Attack Hierarchy Of Needs" Research

        I am about to kick off my next Forrester research on targeted attacks.  Here is the short abstract: "The threat landscape has evolved but organizations haven't. Leveraging concepts of Zero...

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          On Monday the Wall Street Journal ran a story on hacking back titled, “Support Grows to Let Cybertheft Victims Hack Back.”  The article describes a growing desire to permit the...

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            Blog:An Unexpected RSA Encounter

            Last Friday, after a long week of RSA conference events and meetings, I eagerly looked forward to slipping on my headphones and enjoying the relative silence of my flight back to Dallas. As I...

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              Blog:Force Multipliers - What Security & Risk Professionals Can Learn From Special Forces

              Last week I read an article on’s Danger Room blog about the elite US military Special Forces command, JSOC.  The units within the Joint Special Operations Command (Delta Force...

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                Blog:My Threat Intelligence Can Beat Up Your Threat Intelligence

                Have you ever been in a vendor meeting and heard the vendor extol the greatness of their threat intelligence?  You may have even seen a slide that looks similar to this: The vendor probably...

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                  Blog:The Content Security Forecast Calls For Clouds

                  I am very excited to introduce my first Forrester report, "The Content Security Forecast Calls For Clouds."  I wrote the report to help guide your strategy on SaaS based email and web content...

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                    Blog:Kim Kardashian And APTs

                    On Wednesday, American footwear company Skechers agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission $40 million. This settlement resulted from a series of commercials that deceived consumers claiming that...

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                      Blog:Expense In Depth And The Trouble With The Tribbles

                      You remember the tribbles don't you? The cute, harmless looking alien species from the second season of the original Star Trek that turn out to be anything but benign. They are born pregnant and...

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                        Blog:Observations on the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

                        I was very excited to finally get a copy of the much-anticipated 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR.)  I have found the report to be valuable year after year.  This is the...

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                          Blog:You Should Attend Next Year’s RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox

                          Last week I attended the RSA Conference (RSAC) Innovation Sandbox for the first time.  Not only was I an attendee, but I also was fortunate enough to host a CTO panel during the event. For...

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                            Blog:Avoid The Information Security Squirrel

                            "My master made me this collar. He is a good and smart master and he made me this collar so that I may speak. Squirrel!"   In the Pixar film Up, squirrels frequently distract Dug the talking...

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                              Blog:Dusting Off Our Content Security Crystal Ball

                              Winter is coming; the year is quickly drawing to a close, and its time to a look back and see how accurate our content security crystal ball was for 2011.  Last year we predicted three trends;...

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                                Blog:Bit9’s Operational Oversight Is Probably Your Operational Reality

                                You are now no doubt aware that Boston-based security firm Bit9 suffered an alarming compromise, which resulted in attackers gaining access to code-signing certificates that were then used to sign...

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                                  Blog:The Forrester Wave: Email Content Security

                                  It is with great pleasure that I announce the completion of my first Forrester Wave™: Email Content Security, Q4 2012. I’d like to thank the research associates (Jessica McKee and...

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                                    Blog:Shoulder Surfing The Friendly Skies

                                    FAIL at 30,000ish feet  When you fly nearly every week, you can get pretty bored on a plane.  When I am sick of working, playing games, or watching movies, my latest distraction is checking...

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                                      Blog:Planning For Failure

                                      We are excited to announce "Planning For Failure," the first collaborative report in a series of new research taking a closer look at incident management and response.  A look back at the...

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                                        Blog:Hackers Vs. Executives Is Back

                                        Our next installment of "Hackers vs. Executives" is just weeks away.  Join us at the Forrester Security Forum and sit in on one of the most popular sessions of the event each year. We have a...

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                                          Blog:Kicking off the Forrester Web Content Security Wave

                                          We are about to kickoff our next Forrester Wave on web content security.  The inclusion criteria for vendor prequalification will be sent out within the next two weeks. We will be focusing on...

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                                            Blog:Point Solutions Must Die

                                            Last year I wrote a blog post titled, “Incident Response Isn’t About Point Solutions; It Is About An Ecosystem."  This concept naturally extends beyond incident response to broader...

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                                              Blog:Introducing Forrester's Cyber Threat Intelligence Research

                                              We have started a new report series on Cyber Threat Intelligence.  The first report, "Five Steps To Build An Effective Threat Intelligence Capability," is designed to help organizations...

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                                                Blog:Virtualization Security, Better Late Than Never

                                                I am excited to announce my latest research, The CISO's Guide To Virtualization Security. This is the first report in a new series focusing on securing virtual environments.  The reduced...

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                                                  Blog:Incident Response Isn’t About Point Solutions; It’s About An Ecosystem

                                                  Today EMC announced the acquisition of Silicium Security.  Silicium’s ECAT product is a malware threat detection and response solution.  ECAT did not adopt the failed signature based...

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                                                    Blog:Observations From Black Hat - More Defense Please

                                                    Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 15th annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. I have attended DEFCON in the past, but never Black Hat. The conference has grown significantly...