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Paul McKay

Senior Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Paul is a senior analyst on the security and risk team. He works with organizations to help them shape and deliver their cybersecurity strategies to support the delivery of their core business vision. Paul’s research coverage includes cybersecurity risk ratings solutions, Europe-specific regulation for cybersecurity, CISO and security leadership research, and the European vendor market landscape focused on managed security service providers and consultancies.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining the security and risk team, Paul worked in the consulting industry providing cybersecurity advisory services to clients in all industries in the UK and Europe.

Paul was awarded the 2018 Institute of Industry Analyst Relations Newcomer of the Year Award.

Education

Paul holds an MSc in software and systems security from the University of Oxford and a BSc in computer science and mathematics from the University of St Andrews. Paul has been admitted as a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a registered European and Chartered Engineer through FEANI and the Engineering Council UK.

Paul McKay

Senior Analyst Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Paul is a senior analyst on the security and risk team. He works with organizations to help them shape and deliver their cybersecurity strategies to support the delivery of their core business vision. Paul’s research coverage includes cybersecurity risk ratings solutions, Europe-specific regulation for cybersecurity, CISO and security leadership research, and the European vendor market landscape focused on managed security service providers and consultancies.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining the security and risk team, Paul worked in the consulting industry providing cybersecurity advisory services to clients in all industries in the UK and Europe.

Paul was awarded the 2018 Institute of Industry Analyst Relations Newcomer of the Year Award.

Education

Paul holds an MSc in software and systems security from the University of Oxford and a BSc in computer science and mathematics from the University of St Andrews. Paul has been admitted as a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a registered European and Chartered Engineer through FEANI and the Engineering Council UK.

Paul McKay's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Infographic: Understanding European Security Leader Spending Patterns, 2020

    European Security Leaders Adapt To Stagnating Security Budgets

    May 18, 2020Paul McKay

    Forrester surveyed 1,346 European security decision makers to understand how they plan to spend their budgets in 2020. This infographic summarizes security spending patterns and key takeaways from the Forrester report "Security Budgets Europe, 2020: SaaS Security Is In Vogue."

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: European Managed Security Services Providers, Q2 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 30 European Managed Security Services Providers

    May 4, 2020Paul McKay

    You can use European managed security services providers (MSSPs) to improve security visibility, enhance response capability, and act as an extension to your security team. But to realize these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Security and risk professionals should use this report to understand the value they can expect from a European MSSP and to select one based on size and functionality.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of The CISO

    Vision: The S&R Practice Playbook

    May 4, 2020 Jeff Pollard, Claire O'Malley, Paul McKay, Jinan Budge

    For many security and risk pros, becoming a CISO is challenging, and they find themselves in situations where they're forced to conform, rather than excel. This report outlines types of CISOs, including the background, behaviors, and characteristics that will help security leaders identify their brand and be true to it. Security leaders will develop an elevator pitch that defines who they are, the situations they're looking for, and what they want next for their careers.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Top Recommendations For Your Security Program, 2020

    Landscape: The S&R Practice Playbook

    April 27, 2020 Sandy Carielli, Sean Ryan, Jinan Budge, Brian Kime, Paul McKay, Jeff Pollard, Heidi Shey, Alla Valente, Renee Murphy

    Each year, Forrester outlines the most important recommendations for your security strategy for the coming 12 months. We base these recommendations on thousands of client inquiries and interactions, consulting engagements, and dozens of primary research interviews with chief information security officers (CISOs), security vendors, and major security consultancies and service providers. CISOs: Leverage this report to guide your security program strategy and prioritize changes to security architecture and operations for the coming year.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Returning To Work: How To Prepare For Pandemic Recovery

    Essential Steps And Pandemic Management Protocols For Planning Your Operational Recovery

    April 20, 2020 Stephanie Balaouras, Alla Valente, Andrew Hewitt, Jeff Becker, Arielle Trzcinski, Sucharita Kodali, Jeff Pollard, Paul McKay, Scott Compton

    As the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic shifts and each affected region reaches its peak infection rate, firms must prepare now to restart closed plants, reopen retail locations, and bring employees back to work. Organizations must plan a staged recovery to reduce the health and financial risks of future scenarios that include a second infection wave, a steep economic downturn, and permanent changes to employee and consumer behaviors. This report details the essential steps and new pandemic management protocols for planning your operational recovery.

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