Christina Richmond

Christina Richmond

Principal Analyst Christina Richmond covers cybersecurity services at ESG, drawing on more than 20 years in the technology industry. Christina has studied routes to market through channels and distribution alliances across the entire infrastructure spectrum and more recently managed a worldwide cybersecurity services research practice. From Delhi to Dublin and across North America, Christina enjoys sharing strategic guidance with companies ranging from startups to established enterprises, spanning vendors, large systems integrators, communication service providers, and consulting firms.

Recent Posts by Christina Richmond:

SOCaaS versus Managed SOC (with video)

We live in a sea of acronyms: SOC, MSS, MDR, IDS, IDP, SOCaaS, SECaaS… Three of these in particular are causing consternation in the market: SOCaaS, MSS, and MDR. Let’s see if we can shed some light on them.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Be Prepared

Cybersecurity services are at an inflection point, where they are no longer "nice to have" but "must have" for security teams. Migration to digital and cloud-driven architectures, continued lack of resources, and rapid growth of breaches escalate the need for an objective service partner. Admittedly, I’m a services wonk, and see all markets through the lens of services, but it’s obvious that complexity and overwhelm abound as a myriad of new security solutions confuse the market annually at conferences. (Speculation about this year’s RSA “theme” is rife on LinkedIn.) Security teams are challenged to manage security effectively, and to negotiate business against risk. The evolution of this market necessitates services that drive assessment and rationalization of existing security programs rather than adoption of new technologies. It also demands preparedness.

Topics: Cybersecurity