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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: Build A High-Performance, Customer-Obsessed Security Organization

    Executive Overview: The S&R Practice Playbook

    July 13, 2017Christopher McClean

    CISOs must rapidly evolve to become business managers who protect their firm's brand, strengthen its reputation, and build customer trust. To do so, CISOs need far more than just the latest technology; they need a team with the right mix of business and technical skills, a solid information security management system, a well-defined policy framework, metrics that demonstrate business value, and a business-aligned strategy that ties all this together. This report provides CISOs with an end-to-end look at what it takes to build a high-performance security practice. Forrester reviews and updates this report regularly for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Structure Your Security Practice For Success

    Organization: The S&R Practice Playbook

    March 2, 2017Christopher McClean

    CISOs are constantly evaluating the structure and make-up of their organization to make sure it aligns with business and risk management needs. While org structure can affect how well the security program operates, these concerns are often distracting from more pressing issues and objectives. This report examines key organizational challenges for security leaders, explains a practical approach for establishing roles and responsibilities, and offers three common models of security structure to use as a starting point. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Define A Road Map To Accelerate Your Security Program

    Road Map: The S&R Practice Playbook

    February 28, 2017Christopher McClean

    Turning a strategy into action is what really reveals a CISO's worth. A solid security road map is how you make this happen: guiding implementation activities, demonstrating an understanding of key business initiatives, and explaining to your stakeholders just how you're using allocated budget and resources. In this report, we provide you with the steps to create an effective road map based on improvements to your security program's maturity, helping you demonstrate progress in the face of change and the ability to deliver on strategic promises. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: How To Become A Superstar Security Leader

    Vision: The S&R Practice Playbook

    February 13, 2017Christopher 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: Secure And Protect Mobile Moments

    Executive Overview: The Mobile Security Playbook

    February 6, 2017Christopher McClean

    The mobile mind shift is an expectation that an individual can get what she wants in her immediate context and moment of need. This shift applies to your customers and your employees. Unfortunately, many security and risk (S&R) leaders are unprepared to support their firms' mobile strategies for customers and employees. They struggle to balance security and privacy concerns with customer experience and business goals. This executive overview provides an end-to-end look at what it takes to discover, plan, act, and optimize to succeed with mobile.

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