The evolution of business practices is proving as big of an issue for Security and Risk professionals as the changing threat landscape. Sure, attackers exposed hundreds of millions of personal records and government information in security breaches last year, and there are examples all the time of new, sophisticated attack methods… however Security and Risk pros should also be on the lookout for technology trends that may prove just as difficult to address: Digital disruption creating shockingly more competitive marketplaces, perpetual connectivity intensifying IT user expectations, and the data economy creating incredible new possibilities to leverage the power of existing information. Of course with big business opportunities come big business risks.

Our spring Business Technology Forums — May 6 and 7 in Washington, DC and June 10 and 11 in London — will bring our latest research and thought leadership together with first-hand knowledge from industry leaders on what it takes to master, architect, and deliver your firm’s future digital technology-fueled business outcomes. The Security and Risk agenda features a truly impressive group of analysts and industry practitioners ready to explain current security best practices and how to prepare for these coming disruptions.

Attendees will learn about:

  • How organizations are changing their business in radical ways to unlock opportunity. Hear from Forrester CEO George Colony about the business demands of the perpetually connected, James Staten and Eve Maler on unleashing the data economy, and Jennifer Belissent on lessons from citizen engagement.
  • The future of the information security and risk management role. Come hear John Kindervag explain how to refresh your security architecture to address customer needs now and in the future, learn from Ed Ferrara ways to measure security’s value in supporting business outcomes, plus additional Forrester keynotes like Andy Rose’s Becoming The Future CISO at our London event, and Chenxi Wang’s Changing The Face Of IT Security at our Washington event.
  • Practical steps you can take today to address new and emerging security challenges.  In addition to learning about new attack strategies and techniques in John Kindervag and Rick Holland’s always-popular Hackers vs. Executives, you hear about current best practices in sessions with topics such as Mobile Authentication with Andras Cser and Heidi Shey, Cyberintelligence with Rick Holland, and Social Media Risk Management with Nick Hayes and me.

As always, our forums will also provide terrific opportunities to hear from industry professionals about their experiences, engage with Forrester analysts in one-on-one discussions, and network with your fellow security and risk peers.

I’m always excited to participate in our events, and as host as this year’s Security Forum, I’m looking forward to welcoming you all there.

Chris McClean