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

    Executive Overview: The S&R Practice Playbook

    January 16, 2019Christopher 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: Define A Road Map To Accelerate Your Security Program

    Road Map: The S&R Practice Playbook

    January 8, 2019Christopher McClean

    Turning strategy into action reveals a CISO's worth. A solid security road map is the best way to do this; it guides implementation efforts, shows support for key business initiatives, and explains to stakeholders just how you're using allocated budget and resources. In this report, we explain the best way to create an effective road map geared toward improving your security program's maturity, helping you demonstrate progress in the face of change and the ability to deliver on strategic promises.

  • 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.

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