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.


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


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  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Data Security, Q2 2014

    Road Map: The Data Security And Privacy Playbook

    We designed this report to help security and risk (S&R) leaders develop their road map of data security technologies using Forrester's TechRadar methodology. As data volumes explode, it is becoming a...

    • Downloads: 731
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Industry Spotlight: US Healthcare Security Budgets, Priorities, And Challenges

    Healthcare Providers Must Move Beyond Compliance To Improve Security

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

    • Downloads: 417
  • 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:An S&R Pro's Guide To Security To, In, And From The Cloud

    Embrace Cloud As Part Of The Shift To Business Technology

    As organizations rapidly adopt cloud-based infrastructure, platform, and application services, cloud security continues to be a major concern. Now, security and risk professionals need to provide a...

    • Downloads: 745
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Understand The State Of Identity And Access Management

    This report provides a spending and technology adoption benchmark for security and risk (S&R) executives looking to develop their organization's identity and access management (IAM) strategy....

    • Downloads: 873
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Benchmark The Performance Of Your Business Continuity Program

    This report outlines Forrester's solution for infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to benchmark the performance of their business continuity (BC) programs as part of their broader business...

    • Downloads: 640
  • 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:BC/DR Remain Priorities For 2012 But Take A Backseat To Cost-Saving And Efficiency Initiatives

    Despite Recent High Profile Disasters, Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Budgets Stay At Six Percent Of IT Operating And Capital Budgets

    According to our Q2 2010 IT budget survey, 32% of enterprises had planned to increase spending on business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) by at least 5% in 2011. The reality is that...

    • Downloads: 467
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Executive Spotlight: Top Priorities For Security And Risk Leaders, 2H 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: 774
  • 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 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 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: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:State Of Enterprise Disaster Recovery Preparedness: Q3 2009

    Although disaster recovery (DR) was once considered an expensive insurance policy for rare but catastrophic events such as hurricanes and terrorist activity, Forrester survey data suggests that...

    • Downloads: 815
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Business Continuity Management People And Communications Trends

    An overview of the people and communication trends revealed by the Forrester/Disaster Recovery Journal Business Continuity Preparedness Survey, Q4 2008.

    • Downloads: 14
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:State Of Enterprise Disaster Recovery Preparedness: Q3 2008

    It's Time For Enterprises To Move Beyond DR To IT Service Continuity

    Conventional wisdom suggests that North American enterprises spend more on IT disaster recovery (DR) than their European counterparts because of the greater risk in the United States for catastrophic...

    • Downloads: 645
  • 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:X86 Server Virtualization For High Availability And Disaster Recovery

    How x86 Server Virtualization Affects Business Resiliency

    To date, the primary driver behind the adoption of server virtualization has been consolidation. But as enterprises gain experience with the technology, additional uses and benefits are surfacing....

    • Downloads: 761
  • 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 Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Six Years After 9/11, Most Firms Are Not Ready For Another Disaster

    Despite such devastating disasters and disruptions as 9/11, the European floods of 2005, and Hurricane Katrina, there is still significant room for improvement when it comes to enterprise disaster...

    • Downloads: 338
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Storage Buyer Profile: 2006

    Business Data Services North America And Europe

    To help storage marketers better understand storage buyers, we asked a set of storage-oriented questions about vendors, adoption of emerging storage technologies, and top storage priorities in our...

    • Downloads: 207