Jeff   Pollard

Jeff Pollard

Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Jeff primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for Security & Risk Professionals. His research guides client initiatives related to managed security services, security outsourcing, and security economics. He helps senior technology managers with their plans to leverage a composite set of security services to drive business outcomes. His research focuses on integrating security services into operational workflows, incident response processes, threat intelligence applications, and business requirements.

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

Principal Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Jeff primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for Security & Risk Professionals. His research guides client initiatives related to managed security services, security outsourcing, and security economics. He helps senior technology managers with their plans to leverage a composite set of security services to drive business outcomes. His research focuses on integrating security services into operational workflows, incident response processes, threat intelligence applications, and business requirements.

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: Security Budgets 2018: Uncertainty Trumps Normalcy

    Benchmarks: The S&R Practice Playbook

    January 23, 2018Jeff Pollard

    Security leaders will find no escape from the pressures that shape their budgets this year. Data breaches, stiff competition for talent, and decentralized technology spending are still major challenges. This report compares the budgets of security decision makers at firms spending up to 10%, 11% to 20%, and 21% to 30% of their overall tech budget on information security technologies. Security leaders can use these budget ranges as a starting point, then compare their product, service, staffing, and other allocations with those of similar firms.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Quick Take: Fatal Chip Flaws Set Security Back Decades

    CISOs And CIOs Must Act Immediately To Weather The Chip-Ocalypse

    January 5, 2018Jeff Pollard, Chris Gardner, Josh Zelonis

    This week, researchers revealed two critical flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, that impact billions of mobile phones, laptops, servers, and cloud services running on chips from suppliers including AMD, ARM, and Intel. While we can patch Meltdown with software, we can only apply microcode bandages to Spectre. Fixing Spectre requires a processor redesign, which will take years. This quick take is Forrester's first analysis and guide to handling the "chip-ocalypse" for CISOs and CIOs.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Equifax Exposed Two Massive Systemic Risks

    Flaws In The Data Economy Will Make Future Breaches Even More Frequent And Damaging

    December 19, 2017 Amy DeMartine, Jeff Pollard, Heidi Shey

    In September 2017, Equifax announced a breach of sensitive personal information of 143 million US consumers, as well as consumers in the UK and Canada. The scale and scope of the breach foretell far-ranging fallout, from undermining global identity verification services to widespread fraud and economic stumbling blocks. In this report, we examine the two systemic issues that led to this disaster, provide S&R leaders with practical lessons to prevent a similar breach, examine fundamental changes in conducting business, and frame legal obligations to end these risks.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: CISO Career Paths: Plot Your Course For Advancement

    Look Up And Out For Your Next Promotion

    December 7, 2017Jeff Pollard

    The CISO role is evolving rapidly, so there is no standard guidebook to getting hired, progressing, or succeeding as a CISO. To understand the skills, experience, and education that qualify leaders to defend the world's largest companies, we analyzed data from CISOs and heads of security in the Fortune 500. This information can help: 1) current CISOs identify their next challenge; 2) those looking to hire a CISO understand what to look for; and 3) those wanting to become CISOs how to get from where they are to where they want to be.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Justify Security Budget By Its Impact On Maturity

    Business Case: The S&R Practice Playbook

    November 21, 2017Jeff Pollard

    Security leaders face challenges articulating which projects generate the most value for their organization. They often struggle to justify existing budgets, as well. To help you build the business case for new projects and justify existing funding, this report explains a unified way to plan, sequence, and explain the value of security investments based on their impact on your program's maturity.

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