Stephanie   Balaouras

Stephanie Balaouras

Vice President, Research Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Stephanie serves Security & Risk Professionals. She leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services on topics like IT security frameworks; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); identity and access management (IAM); application security; data security; and IT infrastructure security. She also provides Forrester's coverage of specific risk topics including business continuity, IT continuity/disaster recovery, and backup and recovery.

Previous Work Experience

Stephanie has more than 12 years of experience in BC/DR, backup and recovery, and information storage industries. Prior to joining the Security & Risk team, Stephanie was a principal analyst on Forrester's Infrastructure & Operations team, where she was instrumental in the development of Forrester's research and offerings in continuity, availability, and information storage and protection.

Prior to joining Forrester, Stephanie was a senior analyst with Yankee Group, where she provided insight on technology trends to key system, storage, and information protection vendors and consultative advice on strategic and tactical initiatives. Before Yankee Group, Stephanie worked at EMC, first as a technical architect and then as a senior education and productivity consultant. As a technical architect, she articulated EMC's value to partners and customers and designed solutions to meet customer and new market opportunities. As an education and productivity consultant, she managed and supported complex technical training programs for business and practice managers in EMC's Technology Solutions Group. Prior to EMC, Stephanie worked at Accenture as a consultant, focusing on the implementation of business applications (SAP, PeopleSoft) for global businesses.

Education

Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance and investments from Babson College.

 

Stephanie Balaouras

Vice President, Research Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Stephanie serves Security & Risk Professionals. She leads a team of analysts who provide research and advisory services on topics like IT security frameworks; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); identity and access management (IAM); application security; data security; and IT infrastructure security. She also provides Forrester's coverage of specific risk topics including business continuity, IT continuity/disaster recovery, and backup and recovery.

Previous Work Experience

Stephanie has more than 12 years of experience in BC/DR, backup and recovery, and information storage industries. Prior to joining the Security & Risk team, Stephanie was a principal analyst on Forrester's Infrastructure & Operations team, where she was instrumental in the development of Forrester's research and offerings in continuity, availability, and information storage and protection.

Prior to joining Forrester, Stephanie was a senior analyst with Yankee Group, where she provided insight on technology trends to key system, storage, and information protection vendors and consultative advice on strategic and tactical initiatives. Before Yankee Group, Stephanie worked at EMC, first as a technical architect and then as a senior education and productivity consultant. As a technical architect, she articulated EMC's value to partners and customers and designed solutions to meet customer and new market opportunities. As an education and productivity consultant, she managed and supported complex technical training programs for business and practice managers in EMC's Technology Solutions Group. Prior to EMC, Stephanie worked at Accenture as a consultant, focusing on the implementation of business applications (SAP, PeopleSoft) for global businesses.

Education

Stephanie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance and investments from Babson College.

 

Stephanie Balaouras's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Protect Your Intellectual Property And Customer Data From Theft And Abuse

    Executive Overview: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    July 3, 2018Stephanie Balaouras

    Data is the lifeblood of today's digital businesses. Sophisticated cybercriminals are determined to steal it, and employees can abuse it. Forrester's data security and privacy playbook shows security & risk (S&R) pros how to navigate the complex market for data security and privacy solutions. It guides you through major changes to processes for data policy development, inventory, classification, and protection, and identifies the technologies and services that will help you design and implement effective data security while enforcing privacy policy. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We revised this edition to factor in new events and data.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Craft Zero Trust Security Metrics That Matter To Your Business

    Performance Management: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    March 27, 2018Stephanie Balaouras

    Forrester's Zero Trust (ZT) Model of information security demands that security teams eliminate the dangerous trust assumptions underpinning perimeter-based security architectures. When you embrace a ZT mindset, you assume that malicious actors have already infiltrated your environment and are stealing your valuable data. ZT metrics answer two questions for business and security and risk (S&R) leaders: 1) Do we have a breach; and 2) What sensitive data have criminals exfiltrated? This report reviews the ZT metrics that help answer these critical questions. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Best Practices: Recruiting And Retaining Women In Cybersecurity

    Address Skill Shortages With A More Inclusive Culture

    February 22, 2018Stephanie Balaouras, Claire O'Malley

    Despite its urgent and ever-growing importance, the cybersecurity industry is projecting a staffing shortage of 1.8 million unfilled jobs globally by 2022. Meanwhile, women represent just 11% of cybersecurity professionals worldwide. If chief information security officers (CISOs) hope to address their staff and skill shortage, they will need to actively recruit, retain, and promote women. In this report, we share best practices for security leaders to create a more welcoming culture for women in cybersecurity.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Protect Your Executives From Cybercriminals, Fraudsters, And Themselves

    Key Steps To Shield Business Leaders From Cyberattacks, Social Engineering, And Virtual Imposters

    February 6, 2018Stephanie Balaouras, Claire O'Malley, Heidi Shey

    Business executives are frequent, easy, and attractive targets for cybercriminals. In this report, we explain how cybercriminals and fraudsters target business leaders and how those executives' own activities can magnify the risk and the damage. Next, we outline best practices that security and risk (S&R) teams can use to educate and protect executives against these attacks and scams.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Five Steps To A Zero Trust Network

    Road Map: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    December 14, 2017Stephanie Balaouras, Chase Cunningham, Peter Cerrato

    A Zero Trust (ZT) architecture abolishes the idea of a trusted network inside a defined corporate perimeter. Zero Trust mandates the creation of microperimeters of control around an enterprise's sensitive data assets and provides visibility into how it uses data across its ecosystem to win, serve, and retain customers. This report provides security leaders with best practices and a five-step process to realize the benefits of a Zero Trust strategy more quickly. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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