Rick Holland

Principal Analyst serving Security & Risk PROFESSIONALS

Rick Holland is a principal analyst at Forrester Research, where he serves Security & Risk Professionals. Rick works with senior information security leadership, providing strategic guidance on security architecture, security operations, and data privacy. His research focuses on incident response, threat intelligence, vulnerability management, email and web content security, and virtualization security. He is regularly quoted in the media and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Rick was a solutions engineer with a national information security reseller and service provider. He advised Fortune 500 clients on security strategy and architected enterprise security solutions. Before that, he worked in both higher education and the home building industry, where he focused on intrusion detection, incident handling, and forensics. Rick also served as an intelligence analyst in the US Army stationed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.


Rick holds a B.S. in business administration with an MIS concentration (cum laude) from the University of Texas at Dallas. Rick is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

Rick Holland's Research

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Top 15 Trends S&R Pros Should Watch: Q2 2013

    From frantic security operations problems to the changing threat landscape, CISOs, senior security leaders, and other IT risk management leaders consistently have trouble keeping up with key tre...

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    Report: Five Steps To Build An Effective Threat Intelligence Capability

    Against today's mutating threat landscape and sophisticated cybercriminals, security and risk (S&R) professionals are outgunned and outmatched. The traditional strategy of waiting for an alert a...

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    Report: The CISO's Guide To Virtualization Security

    In today's data centers, IT often virtualizes new applications and workloads by default. Virtualization is the norm; deploying a physical server is the exception. The technology is mature and en...

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    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Email Content Security, Q4 2012

    In Forrester's 47-criteria evaluation of email content security vendors, we identified the nine most significant vendors in the category and researched, analyzed, and scored them: Barracuda Netw...

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    Report: Planning For Failure

    It's not a question of if — but when — your organization will experience a serious security breach. Cybercriminals are using more sophisticated and targeted attacks to steal everythi...

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