Stephanie Balaouras

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IBM Bets Big On Security Training And Leadership As A Differentiator

Stephanie Balaouras October 16, 2018

In late 2016, IBM announced the availability of its full-scale cyber range at the Cambridge, MA headquarters of its security division. With two shifts per day and currently booked out six to eight months, it’s been a huge success for the division. The range isn’t just about training security incident response analysts; it’s a full […]

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Climate Change Is Transforming Business

Stephanie Balaouras October 10, 2018

It may not seem like it yet, but climate change is altering the world so drastically that all enterprises will need to undergo a transformation to avoid going extinct. Earlier this week, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported (with high confidence) that at the rate we’re going, global warming of 1.5°C is likely […]

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You Need A Plan To Adapt To Climate Change — Today

Stephanie Balaouras August 28, 2018

At Forrester’s upcoming Privacy & Security Europe 2018 Forum, I’ll be presenting on a topic that I’m both personally and professionally passionate about: climate change adaptation. Forrester prides itself on providing actionable advice to help business and technology leaders build customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth. And so I suspect many of you are surprised by […]

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Welcome Rain Capital

Stephanie Balaouras July 9, 2018

Rain Capital is shaking up the investment side of cybersecurity. Apart from only 11% of cybersecurity professionals being women, venture capital (VC) firms also suffer from a gender disparity with limited diversity. According to TechCrunch, only 8% of partners from the top 100 venture firms were women in 2017, and eight of these top 100 […]

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Why Is One Woman Not Good Enough?

Stephanie Balaouras May 1, 2018

This weekend, The New York Times released a story detailing a sexist, toxic culture that’s been tormenting Nike employees for years. The story shares instances of sexist comments, work trips to strip clubs, sexually graphic conversations, and unwanted advances that’ve forced many women to quit over the years. But did they go to HR? Yes. […]

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Let's Address Cybersecurity's Gender Disparity

Stephanie Balaouras February 27, 2018

The most infuriating advice I’ve received about succeeding in cybersecurity is to, “Have a thick skin,” usually followed by, “Don’t take him seriously, he doesn’t even realize what he’s saying.” These are not words of wisdom—they’re a defense of predatory behavior that belittles the issues women face every day and normalizes sexual harassment. For my […]

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2017 Saw Record-Breaking Breaches — And There’s More Where That Came From In 2018

Stephanie Balaouras November 15, 2017

In late 2016, the security and risk team at Forrester made its annual predictions for 2017. Let’s take a quick look at how we did. Prediction No. 1: The incoming Trump administration would face a cybersecurity crisis in its first 100 days. What happened. Although in 2017 the US didn’t suffer another breach on the […]

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Business Continuity Pros And Influencers: We Need Your Help

Stephanie Balaouras October 25, 2017

Each year, Forrester Research and the Disaster Recovery Journal team up to launch a study examining the state of business resiliency. Each year, we focus on a specific resiliency domain, whether it’s business continuity, IT disaster recovery, or overall enterprise risk management. The studies provide BC and other risk managers an understanding of how their practices compare […]

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Customer Trust And Loyalty Determine Success On The Dark Web, Too

Stephanie Balaouras August 21, 2017

  This is a guest post by Salvatore Schiano, a researcher serving Security & Risk Management professionals. The dark web is an underground marketplace for drugs, stolen credentials, stolen financial and medical records, and other illicit products and services. Cybercriminals use it to monetize breached data, but they also use it to buy and sell […]

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US Ruling Creates A Privacy Nightmare For US Cloud Providers Overseas

Stephanie Balaouras August 16, 2017

On August 14, Judge Richard Seeborg of the US District Court for the Northern District of California upheld a ruling requiring Google to turn over Gmail data stored overseas. The ruling seems to be in conflict with a US Court of Appeals ruling in Microsoft v. United States where the court ruled that Microsoft does […]

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IBM & Cisco Join Security Forces To Fight Cybercrime And The Competition

Stephanie Balaouras May 31, 2017

I was lucky enough to be invited to IBM's 3rd annual Security Summit in NYC for about 300 of its customers. IBM used the event to showcase a new IBM and Cisco joint security initiative whereby the two will work to integrate their security solutions to better combat advanced threats. The philosophy of the partnership […]

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Energy Is Embracing Zero Trust, All Industries Should Too

Stephanie Balaouras May 11, 2017

I recently heard a segment on WBUR (a public radio station in Boston) on the emergence of microgrids and I was amazed at how much the concept of microgrids closely aligned with the concept of microperimeters within our Zero Trust model of information security. Zero Trust is a conceptual and architectural model for how security […]

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BC & DR Pros, We Need Your Help!

Stephanie Balaouras November 17, 2016

Each year, Forrester Research and the Disaster Recovery Journal team up to launch a study examining the state of business resiliency. Each year, we focus on a particular resiliency domain: IT disaster recovery, business continuity, or overall enterprise risk management. The studies provide BC pros, DR pros, and other risk managers an understanding of how […]

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S&R Analyst Spotlight: Josh Zelonis

Stephanie Balaouras October 11, 2016

Based on the West Coast, Senior Analyst Josh Zelonis is the newest addition to the S&R team. When he’s not out cruising his Harley, Josh is working with clients to adapt their architecture, policies, and processes to evolving threats and to develop robust incident response programs. His research focuses on threat intelligence, endpoint detection and […]

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Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage In US Presidential Election

Stephanie Balaouras July 25, 2016

Last week, WikiLeaks posted a treasure trove of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The leaked emails demonstrated a clear bias within the DNC against Bernie Sanders and for Hillary Clinton, when the organization claimed to be neutral. The incident:   Confirms two of our 2016 cybersecurity predictions: In 2015, we predicted that […]

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Forrester’s Security & Risk Research Spotlight - Governance, Risk And Compliance

Stephanie Balaouras May 23, 2016

Crises don’t discriminate. Whether they are economic, geopolitical, technological or environmental, you can expect to have to deal with a major one soon. And how well you minimize the impact of that crisis is the difference between achieving your business objectives, and completely missing them, disappointing your customers, employees, partners, and shareholders in the process. […]

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Forrester’s Security & Risk Spotlight – Joseph Blankenship

Stephanie Balaouras May 10, 2016

A lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, Forrester Senior Analyst Joseph Blankenship longs for the mid-1990's with respect to his baseball team, but we promise that he looks to the future as he advises his clients on current and emerging security technologies. He covers security infrastructure and operations, including security information management (SIM), security analytics, and network […]

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Forrester’s Security & Risk Spotlight – Jeff Pollard

Stephanie Balaouras March 21, 2016

One of the S&R team’s newest additions, Principal Analyst Jeff Pollard comes to Forrester after many years at major security services firms. His research guides client initiatives related to managed security services, security outsourcing, and security economics, and integrating security services into operational workflows, incident response processes, threat intelligence applications, and business requirements. Jeff is […]

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Forrester’s Security & Risk Spotlight: CISO Expertise From Across The Pond

Stephanie Balaouras January 25, 2016

2015 was a tumultuous year for CISOs. Breaches affecting The Home Depot, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and T-Mobile dominated the headlines worldwide and left no industry, region, or CISO unscathed. These unfortunate spotlights created a slew of negative infosec publicity along with panicked demands from business leaders and customers alike. How secure are we? […]

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Forrester’s Security & Risk Research Spotlight: Stuck Between A Hack & Frustrated Customers

Stephanie Balaouras October 19, 2015

Are passwords a dying breed? With every other organization getting hacked, many S&R pros would argue that if passwords aren’t dead yet, they should be. Yet many companies such as LogMeIn and LastPass continue to make strategic acquisitions, proving that interest in password management solutions remain high among enterprises and consumers (check out their press […]

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