David Holmes

Senior Analyst

David Holmes is a senior analyst at Forrester, advising security and risk professionals about strategy, architecture, and Zero Trust. His coverage includes security architecture (Zero Trust edge, SASE, microsegmentation, Zero Trust network access), network security controls (firewalls, automated malware sandbox analysis, IDS/IPS), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection, DNS security, and encryption of data in transit. He helps security leaders plan Zero Trust implementations, select cybersecurity controls, and understand new mitigation technologies. David has presented at industry conferences like RSA, Infosec Europe, and the Australian Cybersecurity Conference. He has written regularly for industry magazines on cryptography, malware, and the security community.

The State Of Network Security, 2020 To 2021
August 2nd, 2021 10 min read

The tumultuous year of 2020 saw a dramatic increase in breaches, putting pressure on organizations to automate security operations or compete for already scarce but competent security talent. Network security remained one of the largest slices of the security budget (along with data security). This data-driven report outlines budgeting and spending, security group responsibilities, network security technology, and services adoption in North American and European organizations for 2020 to 2021 as they strive to demonstrate security integrity to their stakeholders. Understanding these trends and their implications will help security and risk (S&R) executives examine and adjust their resources for their enterprises’ security architecture and operations strategies.

A Practical Guide To A Zero Trust Implementation
August 2nd, 2021 13 min read

Zero Trust is the security model of choice for many enterprises and governments. Security leaders, however, often don’t know where to begin architecting and eventually implementing Zero Trust (ZT). They may feel daunted by the fundamental shifts in strategy and architecture ZT demands. Contrary to popular belief, a Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) does not require organizations to rip out their current security controls to start anew. With the right approach, security leaders can increase their ZT competence and realize security benefits right away. This report guides security leaders through a roadmap for implementing ZT using practical building blocks that take advantage of existing technology investments and current maturity levels.

The Top Security Technology Trends To Watch, 2021
July 9th, 2021 15 min read

What we do today lays the foundation for improving future security posture in the face of changes to our IT environment, threat landscape, and business requirements. This report highlights the top 10 security technology trends in 2021 that are challenging the status quo for how organizations handle security, why these tech trends matter, and what you can do in response.

Embrace Zero Trust For Australia's Essential Eight
June 10th, 2021 4 min read

In this report, we show how your organization can leverage Zero Trust to comply with the Australian Essential Eight and better align your security planning, budget, and strategy. Security and risk professionals who use Forrester's Zero Trust framework as the foundation for their security strategy and architecture are able to meet compliance requirements with greater ease. In some cases, Zero Trust exceeds the security required by the Essential Eight strategies.

The Forrester Tech Tide™: Zero Trust Threat Detection And Response, Q2 2021
May 7th, 2021 14 min read

Zero Trust threat detection and response is increasingly critical to firms’ ability to win, serve, and retain customers. To accelerate their performance in threat detection and response, companies are evaluating and adopting a range of contributing technologies. This Forrester Tech Tide™ report presents an analysis of the maturity and business value of the 17 technology categories that support Zero Trust threat detection and response. Security and risk professionals should read this report to shape their firm’s investment approach to these technologies.

New Tech: Zero Trust Network Access, Q2 2021
April 19th, 2021 8 min read

Zero Trust network access (ZTNA) is the signature security technology of the pandemic. While modestly unchaining users from their antiquated VPN technology, it has inspired organizations to reimagine how security (and networking) can be consumed both today and in the future. This report presents a review of the emerging vendors in the hottest market of the pandemic, ZTNA. Security and risk professionals should use this report to understand the capabilities within major market segments and to inform their technology strategies.

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