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 (BC), IT continuity/disaster recovery (DR), 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 and risk team, Stephanie was a principal analyst on Forrester's infrastructure and 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.

 

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  • Stephanie Balaouras
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 2355
  • 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,...

    • Downloads: 1694
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

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

    The First Of Many IT Ops-Focused SaaS Offerings

    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 have...

    • Downloads: 1442
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Disaster Recovery Services Providers, Q2 2010

    IBM, HP, SunGard, And ICM Lead, Verizon Close Behind

    In Forrester's 64-criteria evaluation of disaster recovery services providers, we found that IBM, HP, SunGard, and ICM led the pack due to their best-in-class core disaster recovery services and...

    • Downloads: 1346
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Maximizing Data Center Investments For Disaster Recovery And Business Resiliency

    Building a data center is a massive investment. It requires investment in real estate, reinforced facilities, raised floors, state-of-the art power and cooling, and IT infrastructure such as...

    • Downloads: 1473
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Secure And Protect Mobile Moments

    Executive Overview: The Mobile Security Playbook

    The mobile mind shift is an expectation that an individual can get what she wants in her immediate context and moments of need. The shift is a global phenomenon that is happening now, not only with...

    • Downloads: 1164
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Disaster Recovery Services Providers, Q2 2008

    HP, SunGard, And IBM Lead, With ICM Close Behind

    In Forrester's 64-criteria evaluation of disaster recovery vendors, we found that Hewlett-Packard (HP), SunGard, and IBM lead the pack because of their breadth of services, inventory of heterogeneous...

    • Downloads: 1288
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Checklist For Data Center Site Selection

    We receive numerous client inquiries from infrastructure and operations professionals who are considering building new data centers or leasing space from collocation providers. There are many...

    • Downloads: 1422
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Information Classification Must Reach Beyond Knowledge Management

    There Are Many Faces Of Information Classification

    Information and knowledge management (I&KM) professionals incorrectly assume that information classification is all about making information easier to find. This narrow vision ignores other critical...

    • Downloads: 1503
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:How The Cloud Will Transform Disaster Recovery Services

    Tape-Based Recovery Services Are Going The Way Of The Dinosaur

    Regardless of company size or industry, your business can't afford downtime, but it's hard to justify improving your disaster recovery (DR) capabilities when you're under pressure to cut IT costs and...

    • Downloads: 1500
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Evolve Your Identity Strategy For Your Digital Business

    Executive Overview: The Identity And Access Management Playbook

    The rapid adoption of mobile devices and cloud services, together with a multitude of new partnerships and customer-facing applications, has "extended" the identity boundary of today's digital...

    • Downloads: 996
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Are Top IT Priorities For 2010 And 2011

    Six Percent Of IT Operating And Capital Budgets Goes To BC/DR

    According to Forrester's recent survey of 2,803 IT decision-makers, improving their business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities is the No. 1 priority for SMBs and the second...

    • Downloads: 1328
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

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

    Executive Overview: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    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, customers...

    • Downloads: 974
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Open Systems Virtual Tape Libraries, Q1 2008

    FalconStor, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, And EMC Are The Top Market Leaders

    Forrester evaluated 12 virtual tape library (VTL) vendors across 58 criteria and found that FalconStor Software leads for the completeness of its product offering and strategy. Fujitsu Siemens...

    • Downloads: 985
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Navigate The Future Of The Security Organization

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for security and risk (S&R) executives working on building a high-performance security program and organization. This report is designed to help you...

    • Downloads: 1145
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Build A High-Performance, Customer-Obsessed Security Organization

    Executive Overview: The S&R Practice Playbook

    As CIOs shift their focus to the business technology (BT) agenda, CISOs must accelerate their evolution to become business managers focused on retaining customer trust. To make this big transition,...

    • Downloads: 996
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Twelve Recommendations For Your Security Program In 2014

    Customer Trust And Digital Disruption Are Key Considerations For Your 2014 Security Strategy

    Every winter Forrester outlines 12 important recommendations for your security and risk management strategy for the coming year. These recommendations stem from our understanding of the current state...

    • Downloads: 1013
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Top 15 Trends S&R Pros Should Watch: Q2 2013

    From frantic security operations problems to the changing threat landscape, CISOs, senior security leaders, and other IT risk management leaders consistently have trouble keeping up with key trends...

    • Downloads: 933
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Controlling Storage Cost Amid High Growth

    Storage capacity has been growing fast for the past five years, and an end to the recession is only likely to spur further expansion as projects are re-funded. Recent data shows storage commanding a...

    • Downloads: 1045
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Move Beyond Disaster Recovery And Prepare For Business Technology Resiliency

    This report outlines the vision of Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) executives planning their organization's business technology (BT) resiliency strategy — the...

    • Downloads: 930
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Executive Spotlight: Top Priorities For Security And Risk Leaders, 1H 2011

    Insights From Forrester's Security & Risk Council

    Every six months, Forrester's security and risk (S&R) team fields a survey to the members of its Security & Risk Council to ascertain their top priorities for the following six months. Forrester's...

    • Downloads: 1037
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Past, Present, And Future Of Replication

    Upgrade Continuity And Recovery With Replication

    Tape is not dead, and in fact, a large number of companies still rely heavily on tape for disaster recovery (DR). Tape is affordable and removable, but as the requirement to recover IT services after...

    • Downloads: 1017
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Source Business Technology Resiliency Capabilities

    When anxious executives ask you to improve or maintain business resiliency across the enterprise, it's likely that you'll need help. The skills and expertise required to stay on top of key trends,...

    • Downloads: 947
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Defend Your Data From Cyberthreats With A Zero Trust Network

    Executive Overview: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    We've all heard about the "evolving threat landscape." In biology, evolution is a process that takes millions of years to occur as a result of small changes in successive generations. Mutations, in...

    • Downloads: 829
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Use Deduplication To Store More With Less

    Dedupe Your Backups Today, But Plan For Other Environments

    While the cost of disk has declined significantly over the past five years, you still can't call it cheap at thousands of dollars per terabyte (TB). IT professionals struggle to keep up with 30% to...

    • Downloads: 972