Nick Hayes

Analyst serving Security & Risk PROFESSIONALS

Nick's research is dedicated to helping risk professionals and other business leaders understand and manage customer-facing risks in order to build more resilient brands. He has extensive knowledge of the security, privacy, archiving, and other compliance challenges of social media, as well as the technical controls used to address them. He also specializes in the tools that monitor and analyze social data to improve oversight and mitigation tactics of myriad reputational, third-party, security, and operational risks.

Nick advises clients on a range of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) topics, including corporate culture, training and awareness, and corporate social responsibility. He presents at leading industry and technology conferences, and he works with organizations of all sizes across all major industries.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to his current role as an analyst, Nick spent four years supporting the Security & Risk management team and researching GRC, social media, and related organizational themes.


Nick has a B.A. in government and international politics from Wesleyan University.

Nick Hayes's Research

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Market Overview: Security User Behavior Analytics (SUBA), 2016

    Security and risk (S&R) leaders are struggling to prevent data breaches, threats from malicious insiders, and fraud. Solutions for security user behavior analytics (SUBA) aim to provide S&R pros...

    • Downloads: 164
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Build Digital Risk Insight

    While sales, marketing, and other business functions have advanced tools and techniques to make the most of data across digital channels (including social, mobile, and web), risk functions have ...

    • Downloads: 120
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Benchmark The Performance Of Your GRC Program

    All companies have capabilities to comply with regulations and manage risks in order to meet objectives, but as their global footprint gets larger and more complex, they need more mature governa...

    • Downloads: 518
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Cultivate Culture For Sustained GRC Performance

    A neglected culture breaks down an organization, resulting in unexpected risk events, large fines, poor employee retention, and wavering customer trust. But it doesn't have to be this way. Risk ...

    • Downloads: 855
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Designate Clear Lines Of Risk And Compliance Accountability With Forrester's RASCI Tool

    Without clearly defined GRC responsibilities, stakeholder involvement flounders, risks go unnoticed and untreated, and company exposure to large fines and devastating crises grows. This report h...

    • Downloads: 917
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2014

    Growing diversity in the governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) platform market is blurring the lines between historical subsegments, as organizations push their GRC programs into the far reache...

    • Downloads: 1342
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Build The Business Case For GRC

    Before you can build a GRC program capable of addressing today's top business threats, you first need to obtain the necessary budget and leadership support to turn your GRC vision into reality. ...

    • Downloads: 1601
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Understand Security And Risk Budgeting For 2013

    The global downturn has constrained security budgets for several years now, and chief information security officers (CISOs) have become accustomed to taking on more responsibilities without corr...

    • Downloads: 1177
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Top 15 Trends S&R Pros Should Watch: Q2 2013

    From frantic security operations problems to the changing threat landscape, CISOs, senior security leaders, and other IT risk management leaders consistently have trouble keeping up with key tre...

    • Downloads: 968
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: TechRadar™ For Risk Management Professionals: GRC, Q4 2012

    The governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) technology market is one of fluctuation, confusion, and contention. Many technologies relevant for governance, risk management, and complian...

    • Downloads: 876
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