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.


Stephanie Balaouras's Research

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Justifying The Business Case For Business Technology Resiliency

    This report outlines Forrester's guidance for a business technology resiliency (BTR) business case. This is a critical step when securing funding because management is often reluctant to fund in...

    • Downloads: 2355
  • 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, s...

    • Downloads: 1694
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: Market Overview: Backup Software-As-A-Service

    Backup is a struggle for both enterprises and small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). It's a complex ecosystem of backup software, networks, servers, disk arrays, and tape systems. Many firms h...

    • Downloads: 1442
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Disaster Recovery Services Providers, Q2 2010

    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: 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 net...

    • Downloads: 1473
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