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: The Top Five Emerging Technologies Security Leaders Need To Prepare For

    A CISO's Guide To Tomorrow's Ubiquitous Business Technologies

    June 21, 2018Jeff Pollard

    High-stakes technology implementations and digital transformations with board-level visibility are moving faster than traditional security programs can handle. CISOs need to understand the reasons behind adoption of these technologies, specific use cases, and deployment models so they can design security controls without slowing business. This report examines the five most important emerging technologies to help security leaders understand the risks and better prepare their programs for success.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Managed Detection And Response (MDR) Services, Q2 2018

    Forrester's Overview Of 18 Managed Detection And Response Providers

    April 26, 2018Jeff Pollard

    You can use MDR services to offer assurance that your business is not currently compromised, to turn internal investigations over to efficient experts, or to get on-demand access to a seasoned incident response team. But to access these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of vendors — vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Security leaders should use Forrester's Now Tech report to understand the value they can expect from an MDR provider and select vendors based on size and functionality.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: CISOs, Get Ready To Pay More As Tech Titans Enter The Security Market

    Alphabet, Amazon, And Microsoft Seek To Remake The Cybersecurity Landscape

    April 24, 2018Jeff Pollard, Joseph Blankenship

    Three tech giants are rushing in to disrupt the cybersecurity market the same way they disrupted retail, computing, and advertising. When computing was on-premises or in client-owned data centers, a point-product approach to security made sense (even if it didn't work all the time). However, Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft are now looking to circumvent existing security product vendors by delivering security capabilities to where client workloads are moving: the cloud. This report helps S&R pros prepare to work with these new security giants.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of Cybersecurity And Privacy: Defeat The Data Economy's Demons

    The Vision Report In The Cybersecurity And Privacy Playbook

    April 12, 2018Jeff Pollard, Heidi Shey, Fatemeh Khatibloo

    The combination of data and machines could fuel either techno-optimistic utopia (happier, healthier lives for all) or totalitarian dystopia (corporations and governments using personal data to extract oligopolistic rents and control people). In this report, we reveal the key tools technology leaders and companies need to strive for the former.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Protect Your Business From Parasitic Cryptomining

    The Cryptocurrency Gold Rush Is Fueling New Cybercrime And Enterprise Risk

    March 30, 2018 Joseph Blankenship, Jeff Pollard, Josh Zelonis

    Cryptocurrency values have soared to astronomical, unsustainable, gold-rush levels, and like any gold rush, this one has attracted its share of bad actors and parasites. Cryptomining — adding transactions to a public ledger and releasing new currency — requires an enormous amount of compute power, so cybercriminals and other unscrupulous opportunists seek to use your enterprise compute power to unlock this wealth — at great expense and risk to you.

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