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Alexei Balaganski Lead Analyst

Duisburg / Germany

Experience:
Over 20 years in IT industry
At KuppingerCole since 2007

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Alexei is an analyst with specific focus on cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. At KuppingerCole, he covers a broad range of security-related topics: from database, application and API security to information protection, cryptography and AI-based security automation. His deep technical understanding of modern technologies and solutions allows him to support customers even with the most complex architectural challenges. 

After graduating with a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University, Alexei has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. His past experience includes software development, network administration and information security. For years, he had served as KuppingerCole's CTO.

Recent blog posts

Blog

Zero Trust: We’re Nowhere Near the End of the Story Yet

Oh, how time flies! It seems that the whole story of Zero Trust as a revolutionary concept for designing computer networks began just yesterday, but it’s been over a decade already. In fact, the very idea that was later somewhat awkwardly named “de-perimeterization” was…

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

I had no intention to write any blog posts during the holidays or, God forbid, do any predictions for the next year (look how relevant last year’s predictions turned out to be). However, an interesting story involving Ticketmaster, a large American ticket sales company, has caught…

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MySQL Analytics Engine: Almost Too Good to Be True?

Whether you’re a fan of MySQL or not, you cannot dispute the fact that it is the world’s most popular open-source database by a large margin (incidentally, it’s also the second most popular database ever, behind only its owner Oracle’s flagship commercial product).…

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Cybersecurity Awareness – Are We Doing Enough?

It’s October and it means that we are having the European Cybersecurity Month again. ECSM is the European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among EU citizens and organizations. To be completely honest, I do not remember it being much of a thing in…

Blog

The Story of Edge AI

Whether you are a firm believer in the bright future of Artificial Intelligence or somewhat of a skeptic like me – you simply cannot ignore the great strides AI technologies have made in recent years. Intelligent products powered by machine learning are everywhere: from chatbots to…

Blog

Oracle Delivers on Earlier Cloud Promises

Back in February (oh, how time flies! Just to think that it was right before the  beginning of the  COVID-19 pandemic…) I wrote a blog post looking at Oracle’s ambitious plans for developing  its  cloud strategy and expanding  its…


Recent research documents

Leadership Compass

Database and Big Data Security

This Leadership Compass provides an overview of the market for database and big data security solutions along with guidance and recommendations for finding the sensitive data protection and governance products that best meet your requirements. We examine the broad range of technologies…

Executive View

Elastic Security

Elastic Security is a security platform built on top of the Elastic Stack. It combines security information and event management, threat hunting, endpoint security, and cloud monitoring to help analysts prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats more efficiently.

Executive View

Cisco Zero Trust Security

Cisco’s approach towards Zero Trust combines several foundational access policy solutions for securing your workforce, workloads and workspace with a broad range of additional security products to ensure complete visibility, protection, and compliance throughout the whole enterprise.

Executive View

Illusive Platform

Illusive Networks’ distributed deception platform is a highly scalable, intelligence-driven security solution that offers unprecedented visibility into corporate security posture from the attacker’s viewpoint and helps deal with cyberattacks before, during, and after they happen.

Executive View

IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson

QRadar Advisor with Watson integrates the QRadar Security Analytics Platform with Watson’s cognitive AI to perform fully automated forensic investigations of security incidents, dramatically improving analyst productivity and enabling quick response to cyberthreats.


Recent videos

Webcast

KuppingerCole Analyst Chat: The Need For New Drivers to Improve Cybersecurity

The press, security vendors, politicians and analysts alike currently often focus only on the recent SolarWinds security incident and its exceptional features and effects While this is in fact an extremely important topic to learn from and to clean up, the shadow of this hype causes that…

Webcast

KuppingerCole Analyst Chat: Post-SolarWinds Software Security Strategies

More than a month into the post-SolarWinds-incident era Alexei joins Matthias to discuss further lessons learned and strategic approaches towards improving security in organizations depending on diverse cyber supply chains and their imminent threats. But they go beyond and look at the…

Webcast

Encrypt Everything

Watch this Videocast with our Analyst Alexei and Todd Moore from Thales to learn why and how to encrypt everything!

Webcast

Identität ist das neue Perimeter: Sichern Sie Zugriff und Nutzung von Cloud-Anwendungen

Da mittlerweile mehr als zwei Drittel aller Beschäftigten remote arbeiten, möchten Unternehmen Ihren Nutzern sichere und flexible Arbeitsmöglichkeiten über alle Plattformen und Geräte hinweg anbieten. Und da sich 85% Ihres Datenverkehrs bereits in der Cloud…

Webcast

KuppingerCole Analyst Chat: What Keeps Organizations From Adopting Zero Trust

The Zero Trust concept comes with the promise to adequately secure our modern, hybrid IT world at any time and any place. Manufacturers, consultants and even analysts agree as rarely as they do that this changed architectural paradigm is an important component of modern and future-oriented…


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