Stephanie Balaouras

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The Security Snapshot: Summer Is Here, And Risks Are Heating Up

Stephanie Balaouras June 11, 2019
June is here, which means the start of beach days, barbecues, the longest day, and the beginning of summer! Not only is the weather getting warmer, but business and technology risks are also heating up. Our team’s research portfolio has also gotten a refresh: We released three highly anticipated Forrester Wave™ evaluations in the last […]
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The Security Snapshot: We’re In The Endgame Now

Stephanie Balaouras May 14, 2019
On April 26, Marvel fans finally received an ending to an 11-year saga when “Avengers: Endgame” premiered in theaters. Without revealing too many spoilers, the Avengers were tasked with undoing a finger snap (yes, a snap) executed by the villain from the previous movie. This snap was so substantial that it caused half of the […]
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The Security Snapshot: 10-Year Challenge

Stephanie Balaouras April 11, 2019
At the start of the new year, a meme called the 10-Year Challenge went viral. The premise is simple: Post a photo of yourself in 2009 and a photo of yourself in 2019 to highlight certain changes that may have taken place in that time. Besides the security concerns of social media sites potentially mining […]
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The Security Snapshot: Cybersecurity And Privacy In 2019 — Prepare For The New; Protect The Established

Stephanie Balaouras March 12, 2019
Introducing our new monthly blog series, “The Security Snapshot,” which will curate and highlight key pieces of research from the security and risk (S&R) team. Last week at RSA Conference, vendors and security professionals discussed the newest cybersecurity innovations, the future of the industry, and some much-needed improvements. To start off the conference, Microsoft and […]
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The Business Risks Of Climate Change (Infographic)

Stephanie Balaouras December 18, 2018
The business risks associated with global climate change are enormously complex and nearly infinite in quantity. Your firm’s climate-related risks, however, are much more manageable (albeit complex and numerous, as well). No two organizations are exposed in exactly the same way. Rising temperatures, sea-level rise, and more frequent and severe extreme weather events have already […]
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Farming Innovation And Climate Change Adaptation

Stephanie Balaouras December 12, 2018
Every company will face disruption from new market entrants and innovations that seek to solve some of the world’s most difficult issues. To get a sense for the potential impact of such innovation, a new Forrester report, “Disruptive Innovations Are Happening In Every Industry” by James Staten and Michele Pelino is a must-read for CIOs […]
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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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