Rick Holland

CISO and Vice President, Strategy
Rick Holland
Rick has more than 15 years’ experience working in information security. Before joining Digital Shadows, he was a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, providing strategic guidance on security architecture, operations, and data privacy. Rick also served as an intelligence analyst in the US Army. He is currently the co-chair of the SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit and holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Texas, Dallas. Rick regularly speaks at leading security conferences across the globe and has been interviewed by industry and business media including BBC News, CNN, Dark Reading, Motherboard, NPR, The Register and Wall Street Journal.

Recent Posts by Rick Holland

Are you at risk from business email compromise?

June 6, 2016

Business email compromises (BEC) are on the rise. When I was at Forrester Research, I typically didn’t go more than …

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The OPSEC Opportunity

May 31, 2016

Operations Security (OPSEC) has long been a key tactic used by commercial and military organizations to protect their privacy and …

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Analyzing the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

May 2, 2016

Last week Verizon released the 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that …

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Getting Strategic With Your Threat Intelligence Program

April 26, 2016

Tactical feeds have dominated the threat intelligence narrative for many years, but there is an emerging understanding that there must …

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It’s time to put the diligence into your M&A due diligence

March 29, 2016

The headlines resulting from the Target/Fazio Mechanical Services and T-Mobile/Experian breaches have raised the awareness around third-party risks. Unfortunately, awareness …

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Moar Sand!

March 10, 2016

Let’s face it, many organizations have their heads in the sand. In some cases this choice is a deliberate one; …

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The ‘hacker’ talent shortage: What organizations can learn from the recruitment efforts of their attackers

February 24, 2016

The seventh annual (ISC)² Global Workforce Survey estimates that there will be a shortage of information security professionals by 2020. Ask …

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Another SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit is in the books

February 11, 2016

Last Thursday we wrapped up the 4th annual SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Summit. I have presented at all four …

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Why I joined Digital Shadows

January 28, 2016

Departing Forrester Research wasn’t an easy decision; it was a great job. I was able to help guide the security …

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