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Chase Cunningham

VP, Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Dr. Chase Cunningham primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for security and risk professionals. His research guides client initiatives related to security operations center (SOC) planning and optimization, counter-threat operations, encryption, network security, and Zero Trust concepts and implementation. He helps senior technology executives with their plans to leverage comprehensive security controls and the use of a variety of standards, frameworks, and tools to enable secure business operations. His research focuses on integrating security into operations; leveraging advanced security solutions; empowering operations through artificial intelligence and machine learning; and planning for future growth within secure systems.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Chase served as a director of cyber threat intelligence operations at Armor. He was the computer network exploitation lead for Telecommunication Systems and the chief of cyber analytics for Decisive Analytics. Dr. Cunningham is a retired US Navy chief with more than 19 years’ experience in cyberforensic and cyberanalytic operations. He has past operations experience, stemming from time spent in work centers within the NSA, CIA, FBI, and other government agencies. In those roles, he helped clients operationalize security controls; install and leverage encryption and analytic systems; and grow and optimize their security operations command systems and centers.

Education

Chase holds a PhD and MS in computer science from Colorado Technical University and a BS from American Military University focused on counter-terrorism operations in cyberspace.

Chase Cunningham

VP, Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Dr. Chase Cunningham primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for security and risk professionals. His research guides client initiatives related to security operations center (SOC) planning and optimization, counter-threat operations, encryption, network security, and Zero Trust concepts and implementation. He helps senior technology executives with their plans to leverage comprehensive security controls and the use of a variety of standards, frameworks, and tools to enable secure business operations. His research focuses on integrating security into operations; leveraging advanced security solutions; empowering operations through artificial intelligence and machine learning; and planning for future growth within secure systems.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Chase served as a director of cyber threat intelligence operations at Armor. He was the computer network exploitation lead for Telecommunication Systems and the chief of cyber analytics for Decisive Analytics. Dr. Cunningham is a retired US Navy chief with more than 19 years’ experience in cyberforensic and cyberanalytic operations. He has past operations experience, stemming from time spent in work centers within the NSA, CIA, FBI, and other government agencies. In those roles, he helped clients operationalize security controls; install and leverage encryption and analytic systems; and grow and optimize their security operations command systems and centers.

Education

Chase holds a PhD and MS in computer science from Colorado Technical University and a BS from American Military University focused on counter-terrorism operations in cyberspace.

Chase Cunningham's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Video: End User And Administrator Experiences With A Zero Trust Network Access Solution

    Kill The VPN For End Users With ZTNA

    July 2, 2020Chase Cunningham

    In the post COVID-19 world there is a lot of talk about eliminating the VPN. Security and risk (S&R) leaders, however, are often hesitant to dive into the deep end on these solutions as they worry about end user experiences and the resistance to change. This video demonstrates how these solutions can be deployed using virtual infrastructure, helping you to understand how a Zero Trust Network Access (AKA software-defined perimeter solution) can positively impact employee experience (EX) and your security.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Sell Your Zero Trust Strategy Internally

    Gain Advocacy, Support, And Budget For Your Security Vision

    June 23, 2020 Jinan Budge, Chase Cunningham

    Security and risk (S&R) professionals often struggle to obtain buy-in or support from the many stakeholders who will be affected by Zero Trust (ZT) implementations. This report shows S&R leaders how to promote ZT in their organization by building a coalition and an internal marketing strategy. It also details how to lead and communicate this significant business and technology change with ethics, integrity, and business focus.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Bust The Zero Trust Myths

    Prioritize Zero Trust Concerns, Because Your Stakeholders Can Make Or Break Your Strategy

    June 22, 2020 Jinan Budge, Chase Cunningham

    Zero Trust (ZT) is prone to misconceptions. IT and business leaders often think that ZT is too hard, too expensive, and requires them to restructure everything they've built or deploy next-generation firewalls everywhere. Because "trust everything" is easier to grasp than the Zero Trust principle of "Never trust, always verify," ZT myths abound. Security and risk (S&R) leaders should read this report to understand the concerns of their stakeholders and learn how to bust these myths so they can successfully fulfill their Zero Trust aspirations.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Throw DARTS To Hit Your Zero Trust Targets

    Vision: The Zero Trust Security Playbook

    June 15, 2020Chase Cunningham, Peter Cerrato

    Organizations across the globe are embracing the idea of Zero Trust. While the security industry is aligning itself to enable this powerful strategy, many companies still don't quite grasp the Zero Trust concept. This report provides a methodology that security and risk (S&R) professionals can use to help their organization move beyond merely adopting the idea of Zero Trust and actually make progress toward the end state: Zero Trust infrastructure.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Mitigating Ransomware With Zero Trust

    Bolster Your Defenses With Zero Trust Principles And Techniques

    June 8, 2020Chase Cunningham, Josh Zelonis, David Holmes, Naveen Chhabra

    Ransomware and malware continue to plague organizations across the globe. Entire industries have been affected and, in some cases, ground to a halt thanks to the scourge of ransomware attacks. While endpoint-focused security solutions have evolved, ransomware continues to impact enterprises. This report includes post-attack analysis from two potent strains of ransomware, WannaCry and NotPetya. It also demonstrates how the application of Zero Trust strategies combined with Zero Trust technologies would have mitigated the threat from these campaigns.

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