Allie Mellen

Allie Mellen is a Forrester Analyst supporting security executives and professionals in building and maturing their threat detection and response strategies. My coverage includes the people, processes, and technology in security operations. From a technology perspective, this includes security information and event management (SIEM); security user behavior analytics (SUBA); security analytics (SA); security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR); endpoint detection and response (EDR); and extended detection and response (XDR). Her research focuses on the current state and evolution of ransomware, MITRE ATT&CK, analytics, AI/ML, detection, automation, and response in security.

Mellen has been a featured speaker at many leading security conferences, including RSA Conference, Black Hat, HOPE, and others. She has been quoted in top business press outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, CNBC, and Dark Reading.

Prior to joining Forrester, Mellen spent a decade in engineering, research, and technical consulting roles at MIT and several venture-backed startups. In addition to running her own engineering and development consultancy, she has also spent time as a security practitioner, doing hardware security research and working with product and infrastructure security teams.