Josh   Zelonis

Josh Zelonis

Senior Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Josh is a senior analyst at Forrester, serving Security & Risk Professionals. He covers security architecture and operations, with a focus on cyberthreat intelligence, detection, and response. In this role, he helps clients continuously adapt their architecture, policies, and processes to evolving threats while also developing robust incident response capabilities that limit the impact of breaches. His research focuses on threat intelligence, vulnerability assessment/management, malware analysis, and incident response.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Josh accumulated over 13 years of experience as a security practitioner with demonstrated success in product architecture, engineering, and security assessment roles. As a product architect, Josh helped design and build innovative technologies in the breach detection space, architecting both endpoint and appliance products with a focus on data collection and analytics. His background also includes extensive experience in security assessment roles including red team, vulnerability research, and compliance.

Education

Josh holds a B.S. in computer science from the California State University, San Marcos.

Josh Zelonis

Senior Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Josh is a senior analyst at Forrester, serving Security & Risk Professionals. He covers security architecture and operations, with a focus on cyberthreat intelligence, detection, and response. In this role, he helps clients continuously adapt their architecture, policies, and processes to evolving threats while also developing robust incident response capabilities that limit the impact of breaches. His research focuses on threat intelligence, vulnerability assessment/management, malware analysis, and incident response.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Josh accumulated over 13 years of experience as a security practitioner with demonstrated success in product architecture, engineering, and security assessment roles. As a product architect, Josh helped design and build innovative technologies in the breach detection space, architecting both endpoint and appliance products with a focus on data collection and analytics. His background also includes extensive experience in security assessment roles including red team, vulnerability research, and compliance.

Education

Josh holds a B.S. in computer science from the California State University, San Marcos.

Josh Zelonis's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Endpoint Detection And Response, Q1 2018

    Tools And Technology: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    February 1, 2018Josh Zelonis

    You can use endpoint detection and response (EDR) offerings to improve endpoint visibility, orchestrate threat remediation, and achieve superior threat hunting. 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 and risk professionals should use Forrester's Now Tech report to understand the value they can expect from an EDR provider and select vendors based on size and functionality.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Lessons Learned From The World's Most Notable Privacy Abuses And Security Incidents, 2017

    Continuous Improvement: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    January 23, 2018 Heidi Shey, Josh Zelonis

    Breaking news of a massive customer breach or blatant privacy abuse dominates the headlines for days. However, months and even years later, affected customers still struggle with the aftermath and firms are still absorbing the costs. By reflecting on these incidents, we glean long-term lessons that help security and risk (S&R) pros improve their firm's overall security posture, its breach response, and its appreciation of privacy law and customer trust. To do this, each year we select and analyze notable incidents from the past 12 months to provide these critical lessons.

  • 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, 2018 Jeff 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: Job Description: Director Of Threat Intelligence

    Organization: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    December 1, 2017Josh Zelonis

    Security and risk (S&R) professionals frequently struggle to realize the benefits that threat intelligence marketing promises. This is in part due to trying to integrate threat intelligence as a technological solution without understanding the big picture benefits that it can provide for driving an overall security strategy. This report makes the case for hiring a director of threat intelligence to help S&R pros mature their security operations capabilities.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Top Cybersecurity Threats In 2018

    Landscape: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    November 27, 2017Josh Zelonis

    Security and risk (S&R) professionals have the challenging task of using finite budgets to protect their business from every possible attack type in the threat landscape. One strategy for approaching this challenge is to use historical attack trends to prioritize protections against attacks that are the most probable. This report analyzes common attack patterns responsible for breaches in 2017 to help S&R pros prepare for 2018.

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