Ed Ferrara

Principal Analyst serving Security & Risk PROFESSIONALS

Ed contributes to Forrester's offerings for the Security & Risk Professional, leading the company's coverage of security metrics, security program effectiveness, security awareness, and enterprise security information architecture. Ed's research builds on his work as a highly experienced in-program manager for the design and delivery of secure information technology solutions, including strategy, process, applications, and infrastructure. He has consulted with Fortune 50 companies in the area of solution determination based on understanding the needs and the skills required to create a successful security posture for large complex organizations.

Previous Work Experience

Before coming to Forrester, Ed's background was in information security consulting, leading a global information security practice for financial services, commercial, and chemical clients. Ed is an expert in the design and delivery of secure, cost-effective, high-performance information security solutions, methodology, and standards to address complex business and security problems. Ed holds a US patent in the area of software development, specifically in the area of software requirements traceability using UML and software patterns to align business requirements with IT implementation. He has successfully developed and implemented technology and organizational change programs globally for Fortune 100 companies. Ed has strong program and project management skills, as well as, demonstrated competence in multidivision matrix management, technical management, relationship building, and projecting influence at the C-level. Ed holds the CISSP certification.

Education

Ed holds two master's degrees, in education technology and computer science from the University of Delaware and information assurance (cum laude) from Norwich University, as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

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  • Ed Ferrara
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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Prioritize Tokenization To Secure The Payment Chain

    EMV Is Not A Panacea For Card Payment Vulnerabilities

    Is the credit card as US consumers know it dead? With the recent massive credit card data breaches at retailers such as Target and Home Depot, the payment industry is ripe for change. In this report,...

    • Downloads: 144
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Government Spying Will Cost US Vendors Fewer Billions Than Initial Estimates

    Forrester Survey Suggests NSA Spying Could Take $47 Billion Over Three Years From US-Based Cloud Providers And Outsourcers

    Is Edward Snowden's unveiling of the US National Security Agency's PRISM spying program ruining the fates of US cloud, hosting, and outsourcing businesses as international customers walk away from...

    • Downloads: 40
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Did PRISM Cause An Exodus From US Clouds?

    Forrester Survey Suggests NSA Spying Has Driven More Use Of Encryption Than Migration

    Since Edward Snowden revealed the US National Security Agency's PRISM spying program, there has been widespread speculation that the announcement would ruin the fates of US cloud, hosting, and...

    • Downloads: 81
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Twelve Recommendations For Your Security Program In 2015

    Political Instability And Cyberterrorism Raise The Security Stakes For Digital Businesses

    Each winter, Forrester outlines 12 important recommendations for your security strategy for the coming year. We base these recommendations on thousands of client inquiries and interactions,...

    • Downloads: 456
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:PRISM's Impact On The US Cloud Industry

    A Business Technographics Document: Forrester Survey Suggests NSA Spying Has Driven More Use Of Encryption Than Migration

    Since Edward Snowden revealed the US National Security Agency's PRISM spying program, there has been widespread speculation that the announcement would ruin the fates of US cloud, hosting, and...

    • Downloads: 63
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: The State Of Privacy In The Union

    President Obama Introduces Privacy Initiatives With High Merit But Low Potential

    United States President Barack Obama introduced several proposed privacy initiatives in his 2015 State of the Union address and in preview comments he made to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the...

    • Downloads: 77
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Measure The Effectiveness Of Your Security Operations

    Performance Management: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    Information security programs have struggled with legitimacy with senior leaders for a long time. There are many reasons for this, but the root cause is the historical inability of CISOs to explain...

    • Downloads: 1020
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Understand Cybersecurity And Risk Budgets For 2015

    Benchmarks: The S&R Practice Playbook

    2014 was a watershed year for cybercrime, and companies of all sizes have noticed. Executives are now placing renewed emphasis on cybersecurity, and budgets are increasing accordingly. Chief...

    • Downloads: 398
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Sony Breach — A Sad Tale Of Epic Failure That Could Have Been Avoided

    Businesses Must Prepare For Politically And Socially Motivated Cyberattacks And Cyberespionage

    Although we are in the early stages of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE's) catastrophically embarrassing intrusion, there are still many lessons that security and risk (S&R) professionals can take...

    • Downloads: 313
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Cisco Acquires Neohapsis

    Deal Will Expand Cisco's Capabilities In Application, Cloud, And Mobile Security

    Cisco Systems announced this week its intent to acquire closely held Chicago-based Neohapsis, a decision that will substantially broaden Cisco's consulting capabilities. Most notably, the acquisition...

    • Downloads: 48
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Measure The Effectiveness Of Your Data Privacy Program

    Performance Management: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    Privacy is one of the most important and emotional issues in information security. Privacy, or the lack thereof, affects a company's management, employees, and most importantly, customers. With the...

    • Downloads: 608
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Develop Effective Security Metrics

    Performance Management: The S&R Practice Playbook

    Establishing meaningful security metrics is a key initiative for chief information security officers (CISOs) today, and for nearly all of them, it's a struggle. Some CISOs use a broad brush approach,...

    • Downloads: 2650