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.


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


Stephanie Balaouras's Research

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Job Description: Security Architect

    We designed this report to help security and risk (S&R) executives hire one of the most important roles in the security organization: the security architect (SA). SAs identify and communicate ri...

    • Downloads: 1187
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: TechRadar™: Data Security, Q1 2016

    As data volumes explode, it's becoming a Herculean task to protect sensitive data from cybercriminals and malicious actors while preventing privacy infringements and abuses — intentional and uni...

    • Downloads: 409
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Building The Always-On, Always-Available Digital Enterprise

    Your digital business ecosystem consists of customers, partners, suppliers, and employees. Each expects your services to be available 24x365 in a seamless fashion. But running an always-on, alwa...

    • Downloads: 746
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Industry Spotlight: US Healthcare Security Budgets And Priorities, Q4 2015 To Q3 2016

    IT security teams within US healthcare providers historically have had much smaller budgets than in other industries. As a result, they have struggled to implement advanced security capabilities...

    • Downloads: 177
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: The State Of Business Continuity 2015: People And Communication

    A resilient company can absorb the impact of any unexpected event without failing to deliver on its brand promise. In this report, the third in a series highlighting the current state of busines...

    • Downloads: 123
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Justifying The Business Case For Business Technology Resiliency

    This report outlines Forrester's guidance for a business technology resiliency (BTR) business case. This is a critical step when securing funding because management is often reluctant to fund in...

    • Downloads: 2407
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report: Evolve Your Identity Strategy For Your Digital Business

    The continued adoption of social, mobile, and cloud technologies, together with a multitude of new partnership and customer engagement models, has extended the identity boundary of today's digit...

    • Downloads: 1436
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: 2008 Trends In Backup And Data Protection

    Backup remains as problematic as ever, but there are several emerging trends in technology and functional convergence that should address some of the biggest challenges: increasing capacities, s...

    • Downloads: 1702
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

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

    Data is the lifeblood of today's digital businesses, but for economic and even political gain, highly skilled cybercriminals and malicious insiders are determined to steal it. Meanwhile, custome...

    • Downloads: 1296
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Market Overview: Backup Software-As-A-Service

    Backup is a struggle for both enterprises and small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). It's a complex ecosystem of backup software, networks, servers, disk arrays, and tape systems. Many firms h...

    • Downloads: 1452
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