Analyst/Advisor details

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 security analytics, information protection, and AI-based security automation. He holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics and computer science.

His deep technical understanding of modern technologies and solutions allows him to support customers even with the most complex architectural challenges. His experience includes application development, network administration and information security. After over 25 years in IT, his skills range from managing software projects to designing security architectures, including various aspects of application security. Previously he had served as KuppingerCole's CTO.

Recent blog posts

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Fighting Data Friction, One Battle at a Time

Data friction is arguably the biggest obstacle for every organization on its journey to achieve optimal business productivity. Even if you have not heard the term before, you’ve definitely faced its consequences in one form or another (most probably, even in multiple different forms).…

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Quantum Computing: Where to Start Today

Quantum computing is one of those topics that always seem to exist just out of our reach. Well over a decade ago we were promised that a real quantum computer will appear just in a few years, and for most people, this feeling remains the same even now. But is this assumption correct? Do we…

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Oracle’s Crypto-Secure Data Management

Oracle has unveiled new interesting capabilities in the Oracle database today, which they refer to as Immutable and Blockchain tables . While I am not entirely convinced by the names they have chosen, I can absolutely get behind the overall Crypto-secure data management concept that has…

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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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Recent videos

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Analyst Chat #86: Zero Trust Means Zero Blind Spots

The path toward a Zero Trust architecture to improve cybersecurity for modern enterprises in a hybrid IT landscape often seems overly complex and burdensome. Alexei Balaganski is this week's chat partner for Matthias and he draws attention to an often overlooked benefit of such an…

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Zero Trust Means Zero Blind Spots

The traditional model of enforcing security at the network perimeter is no longer effective. The nature of the corporate network is changing with mobile and cloud computing. A Zero Trust model offers an alternative that secures data while ensuring it is accessible to employees, regardless…

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A Unified Approach to Modern Data Protection

Data is the lifeblood of business and government. Therefore, data breaches can be devastating in terms of disruption, damage to reputation, remediation costs, and data protection fines. But the ongoing high number of breaches shows that what many organizations are doing to protect their…

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Analyst Chat #79: DNS and Privacy

Your DNS server knows what websites you use, what the name of your mail server is, and which corporate services you use while working from your home office. And there are even broader challenges when it comes to protecting sensitive personal data in that context. Alexei Balaganski and…

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Analyst Chat #78: DNS and DNS Security

Some internet services are so deeply woven into the core infrastructure, that they are just taken for granted or even ignored in our daily digital life. One example is the Domain Name System. Alexei and Matthias discuss the basics of DNS, look at current cybersecurity threats targeted at…