Christopher   McClean

Christopher McClean

Vice President, Research Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Chris leads a team of analysts covering topics including risk management, compliance, audit, information security management, and brand protection. He also leads the company's coverage of governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). In this role, he helps clients around the world implement successful strategies, best practices, and technologies to support GRC programs as well as related functions such as enterprise risk management, corporate compliance, and corporate responsibility. Chris frequently contributes on these subjects at vendor and industry events as well as top media outlets.

Previous Work Experience

His previous experience includes marketing and public relations for security, compliance, and risk management vendors.

Education

Chris has an M.S. in business ethics and compliance from the New England College of Business and Finance and a B.S. in marketing from California State University, Fresno.

Christopher McClean

Vice President, Research Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Chris leads a team of analysts covering topics including risk management, compliance, audit, information security management, and brand protection. He also leads the company's coverage of governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC). In this role, he helps clients around the world implement successful strategies, best practices, and technologies to support GRC programs as well as related functions such as enterprise risk management, corporate compliance, and corporate responsibility. Chris frequently contributes on these subjects at vendor and industry events as well as top media outlets.

Previous Work Experience

His previous experience includes marketing and public relations for security, compliance, and risk management vendors.

Education

Chris has an M.S. in business ethics and compliance from the New England College of Business and Finance and a B.S. in marketing from California State University, Fresno.

Christopher McClean's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The State Of Risk Management 2018

    Benchmarks: The Governance, Risk, And Compliance Playbook

    November 30, 2018Christopher McClean, Trevor Lyness

    Executives must take big bets on new technologies, business models, and emerging markets to stay ahead of the fast pace of competition. With so much at stake and so many public examples of corporate failures, a formal risk management program seems clearly worthwhile, and companies that have one see direct benefits. However, barriers persist, and adoption has been relatively slow. This report examines how risk professionals can overcome skepticism and build a program that will help guide their organization through rapid market evolution and disruption.

  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    REPORT: Evoke Trust With Explainable AI

    Balance Transparency With Accuracy To Increase Stakeholder Adoption And Mitigate Risk

    November 1, 2018 Brandon Purcell, Rob Koplowitz, Christopher McClean

    The promise of AI is rapidly materializing; however, not all AI is created equal. Some machine learning algorithms are transparent, allowing brands to see how they make decisions, while others are opaque, obscuring the inner logic of models. Still others are transparent yet so convoluted that the results are not easily explainable. This report highlights the evolving area of explainable AI and how customer insights (CI) pros should consider the tradeoffs in risk, accuracy, and applicability when they determine the level of explainability in AI.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: What Software Developers Don't Know About Neural Networks Could Hurt Them

    How To Balance The Risks And Benefits Of This Powerful Technology

    November 1, 2018 Rob Koplowitz, Brandon Purcell, Christopher McClean

    The promise of AI is rapidly materializing. Capabilities once available only to data scientists are now easily accessible by app developers. The results are compelling, but they also come with risk. Developers must approach opaque AI models like neural networks that cannot reveal the logic behind a decision or insight with caution — and with support from risk and compliance pros. Application development and delivery (AD&D) pros should read this report to learn how to balance risk and reward with these powerful deep learning techniques.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: How To Become A Superstar Security Leader

    Vision: The S&R Practice Playbook

    September 25, 2018Christopher McClean, Claire O'Malley

    As companies seek to innovate and engage customers through digital channels, they need superstar security leaders — business executives who know how to protect, support, and drive performance. This report looks at the biggest changes in firms' expectations of their chief information security officers (CISOs) and provides specific examples of how top information security professionals rise to those occasions.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Define And Articulate The Role Of Risk Management

    Processes: The Governance, Risk, And Compliance Playbook

    January 25, 2018Christopher McClean

    As a risk professional, you are now in a position to exert more influence on your firm and increase the value your team offers, but if your efforts are unfocused, determining success will be difficult. Clearly define the parameters of your program, a step in the risk management process the ISO 31000 standard refers to as "establishing the context." This report draws from this standard as well as industry best practices to explain this crucial step, which includes establishing the internal context, the external context, the risk management context, and the risk criteria.

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