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Allie Mellen

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Allie supports security and risk professionals, covering security infrastructure and operations to assist clients in building and maturing their threat detection and response strategies. Her coverage includes the people, processes, and tools of the security operations center (SOC); security analysts; security information and event management (SIEM); security user behavior analytics (SUBA); security analytics (SA); security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR); endpoint detection and response (EDR); extended detection and response (XDR); and SOC metrics. Her research focuses on the current state and evolution of analytics, detection, automation, and response in security.

Allie has been a featured speaker at many leading security conferences, including Black Hat, DEFCON, HOPE, and Hacker Halted. She has been quoted in top business press outlets including CNN Money, CNBC, HuffPost, Gizmodo, Threatpost, and Dark Reading.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Allie spent a decade in engineering, research, and technical consulting roles at MIT and several venture-backed startups. In addition to running her own engineering and development consultancy, she has also spent time as a security practitioner, doing hardware security research and working with product and infrastructure security teams.

Education

Allie holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Boston University.

Allie supports security and risk professionals, covering security infrastructure and operations to assist clients in building and maturing their threat detection and response strategies. Her coverage includes the people, processes, and tools of the security operations center (SOC); security analysts; security information and event management (SIEM); security user behavior analytics (SUBA); security analytics (SA); security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR); endpoint detection and response (EDR); extended detection and response (XDR); and SOC metrics. Her research focuses on the current state and evolution of analytics, detection, automation, and response in security.

Allie has been a featured speaker at many leading security conferences, including Black Hat, DEFCON, HOPE, and Hacker Halted. She has been quoted in top business press outlets including CNN Money, CNBC, HuffPost, Gizmodo, Threatpost, and Dark Reading.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Allie spent a decade in engineering, research, and technical consulting roles at MIT and several venture-backed startups. In addition to running her own engineering and development consultancy, she has also spent time as a security practitioner, doing hardware security research and working with product and infrastructure security teams.

Education

Allie holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Boston University.

Allie Mellen's Most Recent Research

Research

The Forrester Tech Tide™: Zero Trust Threat Detection And Response, Q2 2021

Seventeen Technologies Underpin Zero Trust Detection And Response
May 7th, 2021 | Jess Burn , Jeff Pollard , David Holmes

Zero Trust threat detection and response is increasingly critical to firms' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. To accelerate their performance...

14 min read
Research

Adapt Or Die: XDR Is On A Collision Course With SIEM And SOAR

EDR Is Dead, Long Live XDR
April 28th, 2021 | Allie Mellen

Extended detection and response (XDR) is the evolution of endpoint detection and response (EDR), providing optimized threat detection and response that...

15 min read