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: How To Talk To Your Board About Cybersecurity

    Best Practices And Template For Board Presentations

    December 28, 2018Jeff Pollard, Jinan Budge, Paul McKay

    Whether there to answer questions, give a status update, or build support, security leaders need to make the most out of each opportunity they get in front of their board of directors. This report details what issues matter most to corporate directors and what CISOs need to do to effectively communicate with them. It also provides a PowerPoint template for a board-level cybersecurity presentation, with suggestions on how to frame key topics for such a senior audience.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Security Budgets 2019: The Year Of Services Arrives

    Benchmarks: The S&R Practice Playbook

    December 17, 2018Jeff Pollard

    This report compares the budgets of global security decision makers at firms spending up to 10%, 11% to 20%, and 21% to 30% of their IT budget on information security. Security leaders can use these budget ranges as a starting point to evaluate their own programs, then compare their product, service, staffing, and other allocations with those of similar firms.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Justify Security Budget By Its Impact On Maturity

    Business Case: The S&R Practice Playbook

    December 10, 2018Jeff 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.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Maintain Your Security Edge

    Continuous Improvement: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    December 6, 2018 Heidi Shey, Jeff Pollard, Claire O'Malley

    New security objectives and approaches call for shifts in architecture and operations — but more importantly, for security leaders to reassess their investments in their most valuable asset: employees. Complacency, a widening gap between skills and talent, a lack of diversity, and a focus on technologies over people are threats to the business. In an environment of competitive hiring and fast-evolving threats, security leaders must invest in professional development and growth for themselves and their staffs. 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: Use Forrester's CISO Strategic Canvas To Align Security With Business

    November 21, 2018Jeff Pollard, Jinan Budge

    Security leaders know it's critical to align their efforts to the business, speak their business colleagues' language, and show support for business objectives. But with never-ending inbound requirements and emerging threats, it's difficult to find the time to plan and demonstrate alignment. This report unveils Forrester's CISO Strategic Canvas, which guides security leaders to develop an aligned strategy by expanding their vision to anticipate where the business is going and how to help get it there. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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