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: Adapt To Climate Change Or Face Extinction

    The Immediate Risks Require You To Evolve Your Business

    October 5, 2018 Salvatore Schiano, Stephanie Balaouras

    Climate change is one of the most important business issues of our time. Even as companies and countries around the world have committed to phasing out fossil fuels and stem global warming, the impacts of climate change are already here. In the coming years, businesses will need to adapt to a host of new physical, social, and political risks or face extinction. Many will also find ways to innovate and win market share. This report helps risk professionals navigate the evolving risks and opportunities posed by climate change.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Five Steps To A Zero Trust Network

    Road Map: The Security Architecture And Operations Playbook

    October 1, 2018Stephanie Balaouras, Chase Cunningham, Peter Cerrato

    A Zero Trust (ZT) architecture abolishes the idea of a trusted network inside a defined corporate perimeter. ZT mandates that enterprises create microperimeters of control around their sensitive data assets to gain visibility into how they use data across their ecosystem to win, serve, and retain customers. This report gives security and risk (S&R) leaders best practices and a five-step road map to realize the benefits of a Zero Trust strategy more quickly.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Proactively Protect Customers From Fraud, Cybercrime, And Privacy Abuses

    Intermediate Level: Technology Practices For Cybersecurity And Privacy

    September 25, 2018 Jeff Pollard, Stephanie Balaouras, Amy DeMartine

    CIOs and technology leaders in the intermediate phase of the journey to cybersecurity and privacy maturity must ensure that security travels with the data and position data security and privacy as competitive differentiators. Firms in this phase must move to proactively protect customers from complex privacy abuses and cybercriminals. This report — the second of three in the technology competency of the cybersecurity and privacy playbook — helps CIOs meet the challenges of the intermediate phase.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Drive Growth With Customer Trust And Build Brand Resilience

    Advanced Level: Technology Practices For Cybersecurity And Privacy

    September 25, 2018 Amy DeMartine, Jeff Pollard, Stephanie Balaouras

    When customers trust you, they want to do more business with you. They're also willing to share more personal data with you and, often, to pay a premium for your products and services. This report — the third of three in the technology competency of the cybersecurity and privacy playbook — outlines the technologies CIOs, CISOs, and other technology leaders should prioritize in the advanced phase to leave competitors behind.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Lay Your Security Tech Foundation

    Beginner Level: Technology Practices For Cybersecurity And Privacy

    September 25, 2018Stephanie Balaouras, Amy DeMartine, Jeff Pollard

    This report — the first of three in the technology competency of the cybersecurity and privacy playbook — outlines the technologies that CIOs and other technology leaders should prioritize to move to a data-centric Zero Trust security strategy. This strategy establishes the foundation your firm needs to mature its cybersecurity and privacy efforts, focusing on four key areas: 1) data governance; 2) data security; 3) cloud governance; and 4) technology innovation.

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