Stephanie   Balaouras

Stephanie Balaouras

VP, Group Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Stephanie leads the research organization that serves Infrastructure & Operations Professionals and Security & Risk Professionals. Her team's research agenda encompasses designing, building, and automating resilient systems, technologies, and processes that firms need to drive innovation, accelerate time-to-market, prepare employees for the future of work, engage and secure customers, reduce risk, and protect the brand.

Previous Work Experience

Stephanie has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise risk, information security, and IT infrastructure and operations. Previously at Forrester, Stephanie served as the research director of Forrester’s security and risk research team for nearly a decade, helping drive research in key areas such as governance, risk, and compliance; identity and fraud; application security; data security and privacy; and security architecture and operations. 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 research and offerings in business continuity, IT availability, and information storage and protection.


Prior to joining Forrester, Stephanie was a senior analyst with the Yankee Group, where she provided insight and consultative advice to technology vendors on industry trends in information storage and protection. Before the 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. 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 with a minor in ethics from Babson College.

 

Stephanie Balaouras

VP, Group Director Serving Security & Risk Professionals

Stephanie leads the research organization that serves Infrastructure & Operations Professionals and Security & Risk Professionals. Her team's research agenda encompasses designing, building, and automating resilient systems, technologies, and processes that firms need to drive innovation, accelerate time-to-market, prepare employees for the future of work, engage and secure customers, reduce risk, and protect the brand.

Previous Work Experience

Stephanie has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise risk, information security, and IT infrastructure and operations. Previously at Forrester, Stephanie served as the research director of Forrester’s security and risk research team for nearly a decade, helping drive research in key areas such as governance, risk, and compliance; identity and fraud; application security; data security and privacy; and security architecture and operations. 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 research and offerings in business continuity, IT availability, and information storage and protection.


Prior to joining Forrester, Stephanie was a senior analyst with the Yankee Group, where she provided insight and consultative advice to technology vendors on industry trends in information storage and protection. Before the 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. 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 with a minor in ethics from Babson College.

 

Stephanie Balaouras's Research

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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Defend Your Digital Business From Advanced Cyberattacks Using Forrester's Zero Trust Model

    Executive Overview: The Zero Trust Security Playbook

    June 4, 2019Stephanie Balaouras, Heidi Shey

    In today's threat landscape, skilled, organized, well-funded cybercriminals are working to steal your data — the lifeblood of your digital business — in pursuit of economic, political, or military gain. To combat this, security leaders need Forrester's Zero Trust Model of information security. With Zero Trust, you can develop robust detection and incident response capabilities to protect your company's vital digital business ecosystem. Our security architecture and operations playbook shows you how to use the Zero Trust Model to defend your customers.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

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

    Executive Overview: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    April 16, 2019Stephanie Balaouras

    Data is the lifeblood of today's digital businesses. Sophisticated cybercriminals are determined to steal it, and employees can abuse it. IP theft erases competitive advantage, and privacy violations undermine customer trust. Forrester's data security and privacy playbook guides security and risk pros 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: The State Of Business Continuity, 2018

    Risk Pros Are Expanding BC To Include Most Operational Risks

    February 11, 2019Stephanie Balaouras, Salvatore Schiano

    As 100-year floods and cyberattacks grow more frequent, and as organizations become completely dependent on complex technology, business continuity (BC) preparedness must be a cornerstone of a resilient organization. A resilient firm can absorb the impact of any unexpected event without failing to deliver on its brand promise. In this report, the first in a series highlighting the current state of BC, Forrester examines today's shifts in mission, priorities, organizational structure, and funding.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Benchmark Your Cybersecurity And Privacy Maturity, 2019

    The Benchmark Report In The Cybersecurity And Privacy Playbook

    January 30, 2019Christopher McClean, Trevor Lyness, Stephanie Balaouras

    This data-driven report examines the maturity of security and privacy programs at companies around the world. It then goes further to examine how and why firms that are mature look different from those that are not. CIOs can use this report to benchmark their cybersecurity and privacy programs against their peers, as well as learn the first steps necessary to improving their posture.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Optimize Your Cybersecurity And Privacy Process To Maximize Business Success

    Advanced Level: Process For Cybersecurity And Privacy

    January 10, 2019Stephanie Balaouras

    CIOs who pursue cybersecurity and privacy excellence not only reduce risk and protect the brand, they help their firms drive growth and long-term success. This report — the third of three in the process competency of the cybersecurity and privacy playbook — helps CIOs at firms in the advanced phase continue to optimize their cybersecurity and privacy processes and maximize business performance.

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