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: 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.

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2019: Privacy And Data Ethics

    Entitled Consumers Will Force Firms To Course Correct Poor Practices

    November 5, 2018 Fatemeh Khatibloo, Stephanie Balaouras, Enza Iannopollo, Stephanie Liu, Jeff Pollard, Heidi Shey

    The marketing-privacy ecosystem is about to change — again. If 2018 was the year of regulatory action, then 2019 will be the year of consumer action. This will open new opportunities for brands that choose to make privacy a competitive differentiator, and create significant business risk for those that choose to ignore it. This report lays out Forrester's five predictions for how the evolution of privacy and data ethics will impact marketers in 2019.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Adapt To Climate Change Or Face Extinction

    The Immediate Risks Require You To Evolve Your Business

    October 5, 2018Stephanie Balaouras, Salvatore Schiano

    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.

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