Rick Holland

Principal Analyst serving Security & Risk PROFESSIONALS

Rick Holland is a principal analyst at Forrester Research, where he serves Security & Risk Professionals. Rick works with senior information security leadership, providing strategic guidance on security architecture, security operations, and data privacy. His research focuses on incident response, threat intelligence, vulnerability management, email and web content security, and virtualization security. Rick speaks at security events including the RSA conference and SANS summits. He is regularly quoted in the media and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Rick was a solutions engineer with a national information security reseller and service provider. He advised Fortune 500 clients on security strategy and architected enterprise security solutions. Before that, he worked in both higher education and the home building industry, where he focused on intrusion detection, incident handling, and forensics. Rick also served as an intelligence analyst in the US Army stationed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.


Rick holds a B.S. in business administration with an MIS concentration (cum laude) from the University of Texas at Dallas. Rick is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

Rick Holland's Research

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: S&R Pros Must Empower Employees To Prevent Phishing Attacks

    In a phishing attack, cybercriminals use email and/or social media to trick employees into revealing confidential information about themselves or their firms or clicking on malicious files or we...

    • Downloads: 65
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Brief: Cisco Continues Its Blistering Security Acquisition Pace With The Addition Of OpenDNS

    Cisco Systems recently announced its intent to acquire privately held, San Francisco-based OpenDNS, a decision that improves Cisco's network security offerings. The acquisition upgrades Cisco's ...

    • Downloads: 66
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015

    In Forrester's 36-criteria evaluation of distributed denial of service (DDoS) services providers, we identified nine of the most significant companies — Akamai Technologies CenturyLink, Cl...

    • Downloads: 165
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Improve Cybersecurity With DevOps

    Organizations use applications to compete for customers; the faster they deliver those applications, the better they compete. Many application development and delivery (AD&D) pros are turning to...

    • Downloads: 120
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: SaaS Web Content Security, Q2 2015

    In Forrester's 26-criteria evaluation of web content security delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, we identified the eight most significant providers in the category — Bar...

    • Downloads: 193
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