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: 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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