Stephanie Balaouras

VP, Group Director

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Infections Are Surging In The US, China, And Brazil — Exercise Caution In Your Return-To-Work Plan

Stephanie Balaouras June 18, 2020
Learn six important insights that will help your business plan a safe and productive return to work from the pandemic.
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Answering The Top Return-To-Work Questions For Our Government Clients

Stephanie Balaouras May 13, 2020
Learn more about translating social distancing guidelines to the workplace, providing safe commuting options, and more.
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Business Resilience Is No Longer Optional

Stephanie Balaouras May 12, 2020
In the 2020s, the aftermath of the pandemic and ongoing systemic risk will force every company to become much more resilient. In fact, we believe that resilience — the ability to deliver on your mission and vision regardless of any kind of crisis or disruption, be it extreme weather, political upheaval, cyberattack, or the next disease outbreak — will become a competitive advantage.
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Today’s The 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day, And The Theme Is Climate Action

Stephanie Balaouras April 22, 2020
Today, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations are at an all-time high. But as people around the world stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, levels of toxic emissions have dropped by as much as 60% in some areas, giving many a taste of how the […]
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Entering The New Normal: How To Safely Bring Your Workforce Back

Stephanie Balaouras April 20, 2020
New Pandemic Management Protocols provide guidance on how to bring employees back to work safely and effectively.
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Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms Support Innovation And Are Critical In Turbulent Times

Stephanie Balaouras March 13, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President Stephanie Balaouras provides guidance for organizations evaluating GRC platforms.
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Why The Private Sector Will Play An Increasingly Bigger Role In Climate Change And Sustainability

Stephanie Balaouras February 24, 2020
In 2017, the US, famously and controversially, made the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. And some of the 187 countries that remain in the agreement are struggling to meet their commitments. Recently, Australia came under international criticism for proposing to use a dubious accounting method to meet its 2030 carbon reduction […]
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It’s Time To Dust Off Your Pandemic Plans

Stephanie Balaouras January 28, 2020
The continuing spread of the coronavirus holds important lessons for organizations.
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Enterprise Security Vendors Need An Infusion Of Open Source Culture

Stephanie Balaouras November 21, 2019
Forrester VP and Group Director Stephanie Balaouras reviews the infusion of an open source development mentality in IBM Security and the impact on the broader security ecosystem.
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Enterprises Need Plans For Both Climate Sustainability And Adaptation

Stephanie Balaouras November 12, 2019
Discover why sustainability and climate adaptation planning aren’t the same, and why your firm needs both to succeed.
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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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