Jeff   Pollard

Jeff Pollard

VP, Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Jeff primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for security and risk professionals. He leads Forrester’s research on the role of the CISO, specializing in topics related to security strategy, budgets, metrics, business cases, and presenting to the board. His research also includes security services, featuring global coverage of managed security services, professional security services, and security-as-a-service. Jeff also takes an active role in Forrester’s forward-looking research on security innovation, the security market, and security predictions.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Jeff served as a global architect at Verizon, Dell SecureWorks, and Mandiant, working with the world's largest organizations in financial services, telecommunications, media, and defense. In those roles he helped clients fuse managed security and professional services engagements in security monitoring, security management, red teams, penetration testing, OSINT, forensics, and application security.

Education

Jeff holds a B.S. in IT management from Western Governors University.

Jeff Pollard

VP, Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Jeff primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for security and risk professionals. He leads Forrester’s research on the role of the CISO, specializing in topics related to security strategy, budgets, metrics, business cases, and presenting to the board. His research also includes security services, featuring global coverage of managed security services, professional security services, and security-as-a-service. Jeff also takes an active role in Forrester’s forward-looking research on security innovation, the security market, and security predictions.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Jeff served as a global architect at Verizon, Dell SecureWorks, and Mandiant, working with the world's largest organizations in financial services, telecommunications, media, and defense. In those roles he helped clients fuse managed security and professional services engagements in security monitoring, security management, red teams, penetration testing, OSINT, forensics, and application security.

Education

Jeff holds a B.S. in IT management from Western Governors University.

Jeff Pollard's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Global And Emerging Managed Security Services Providers, Q2 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 42 Global And Emerging Managed Security Services Providers

    May 8, 2020Jeff Pollard, Claire O'Malley

    You can use global managed security services providers (MSSPs) to create space for security leaders, prioritize which activities the security team should focus on, and ease the challenges associated with staffing security teams. But to realize these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Security and risk pros should use this report to understand the value they can expect from a global MSSP and to select one based on size and functionality.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of The CISO

    Vision: The S&R Practice Playbook

    May 4, 2020Jeff Pollard, Claire O'Malley, Paul McKay, Jinan Budge

    For many security and risk pros, becoming a CISO is challenging, and they find themselves in situations where they're forced to conform, rather than excel. This report outlines types of CISOs, including the background, behaviors, and characteristics that will help security leaders identify their brand and be true to it. Security leaders will develop an elevator pitch that defines who they are, the situations they're looking for, and what they want next for their careers.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Zero Trust Primer For 5G Security Use Cases

    More Bandwidth Means More Data To Protect

    May 1, 2020Jeff Pollard

    Security and risk pros concerned about 5G security will find that the security narrative was hijacked — rightfully — by geopolitical and national security concerns. For enterprise security leaders, 5G is arriving globally, and with that come new enterprise use cases that security leaders will need to address sooner rather than later regardless of the geopolitical tug of war's outcome.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Every CISO Is Now A Transformational CISO

    Lead During Turbulent Times Using The Traits Of This CISO Type

    May 1, 2020Jeff Pollard, Josh Zelonis

    Transformational CISOs love overhauling a struggling security program and seeing long-term improvements take shape. Retooling, restaffing, and rebuilding from the ground up inspires them. Not every security leader is a transformational leader, but they can all emulate and borrow the behaviors and skills that transformational leaders possess. This report will show security and risk (S&R) pros how doing so will help your security program — and team — endure the pandemic in a way that enhances your reputation and brand with senior leaders in your company.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Top Recommendations For Your Security Program, 2020

    Landscape: The S&R Practice Playbook

    April 27, 2020 Sandy Carielli, Sean Ryan, Jinan Budge, Brian Kime, Paul McKay, Jeff Pollard, Heidi Shey, Alla Valente, Renee Murphy

    Each year, Forrester outlines the most important recommendations for your security strategy for the coming 12 months. We base these recommendations on thousands of client inquiries and interactions, consulting engagements, and dozens of primary research interviews with chief information security officers (CISOs), security vendors, and major security consultancies and service providers. CISOs: Leverage this report to guide your security program strategy and prioritize changes to security architecture and operations for the coming year.

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