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OPAQ Named a Hottest Cyber Security Startup of 2018 by CRN

Security-as-a-Service Platform Provider Recognized for Commitment to Partner Success and Accelerated Growth

HERNDON, Va. – Dec. 4, 2018– OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced it was named one of CRN Magazine’s Top 10 Hottest Cyber Security Startups of 2018 for its technology and channel program innovations, new funding and seasoned executive team.

According to  CRN, OPAQ stood out from the crowd this year with the rollout of a 100 percent channel sales model that enables service provider partners to efficiently deliver Fortune 100-grade security via the cloud to midsize enterprises. OPAQ had also acquired FourV Systems, which bolstered the platform’s security analysis, metrics and reporting capabilities, received $22.5M of new funding, and announced the appointment of former CA Technologies, Riverbed, and Cisco executive Lynn Tinney as global channel chief.

“Network and security modernization is driving market demand for a single, fully integrated WAN and security solution that service providers can simply deliver from the cloud,” said Glenn Hazard, Chairman and CEO of OPAQ. “We are honored by CRN’s recognition of the value that our cloud platform is delivering to our partners and to the customers that rely on them for cost-effective, on-demand enterprise-grade security protection.”

About OPAQ

OPAQ is the premier network security cloud company. OPAQ’s platform-as-a-service enables partners to deliver Fortune 100-grade security-as-a-service to midsize enterprises on a fully encrypted SD-WAN optimized for speed and performance. With OPAQ, service providers are equipped with a simplified ability to centrally monitor security performance and compliance maturity, generate reports, manage security infrastructure, and enforce policies – all through a single interface. This empowers OPAQ partners to grow revenue and margins, eliminate complexity and costs, and establish a competitive advantage that helps them attract and retain customers. Based in Northern Virginia, OPAQ is privately held and is funded by Greenspring Associates, Columbia Capital, Harmony Partners, and Zero-G, Inc. To learn more, visit www.opaq.com.

 

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OPAQ Customer Nyhart Receives 2019 CSO50 Award for Security-as-a-Service Deployment

Employee Benefits Firm Replaced Hardware and Software with Cloud-Delivered Network Security to Achieve Superior Protection, Performance and ROI

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced that customer Nyhart, a privately held employee benefits and actuary service company, has been recognized with a prestigious 2019 CSO50 Award from IDG’s CSO for its managed security project. Nyhart was selected for replacing its hardware and software security infrastructure with the OPAQ security-as-a-service platform to achieve Fortune-100 grade protection from threats, higher network performance and lower IT operating and management costs.

The annual CSO50 awards recognize a select group of organizations for security projects that have demonstrated outstanding business value and thought leadership. Nyhart will be honored at a special awards dinner on April 10 during the CSO50 Conference + Awards at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. A full list of the CSO50 Award honorees is posted online at: https://bit.ly/2za5PCv.

“Following a series of acquisitions, we recognized the need for more advanced protection against cyber threats than we were able to implement and manage with our in-house resources, so we set out to find an alternative,” said Dave Sherman, CIO of Nyhart. “The OPAQ Cloud has allowed us to replace a complex set of individual products with a single cloud service. As an added benefit, our locations are now connected over OPAQ’s high-speed, encrypted SD-WAN instead of much slower and more expensive MPLS links.”

Nyhart is headquartered in Indianapolis with offices in Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego, Houston, Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis. The company had been growing rapidly, both organically and through acquisitions, and its small IT department was stretched very thin supporting eight offices, with more planned domestically and internationally. A sprawling patchwork of networks, devices, applications and mobile users had become too complex to manage and protect. Nyhart eliminated an array of hardware and software products with OPAQ’s fully automated and orchestrated cloud platform.

“Like most midsize enterprises, Nyhart has limited security resources and expertise,” said Kenneth Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer of OPAQ. “The OPAQ Cloud enables Nyhart to consume Fortune-100 grade protection as a utility so they can invest in growing their business.”

The OPAQ Cloud protects Nyhart with best-of-breed security that includes fully integrated next-generation firewall, endpoint protection, web application firewall and Cloud SIEM capabilities. OPAQ’s fully encrypted SD-WAN also eliminates trade-offs between protection and performance across all of Nyhart’s distributed locations since more than half of the company’s traffic never touches the Internet.

“This year’s class of CSO50 award winners raise the bar on security innovation,” said Amy Bennett, executive editor, CSO. “While delivering business value and demonstrating thought leadership are the metrics on which they are measured, the greater value is in the peer-to-peer sharing of ideas across a range of industries, across company sizes, for-profit and not-for-profit, public and private. The magic really happens on the stage at the CSO50 conference when these projects are brought to life in presentations and panel discussions. It is an honor to give them the recognition they deserve.”

 

About the CSO50 Awards
The CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO50 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders and industry experts. The 2019 awards will be presented at the CSO50 Conference + Awards, April 8- 10, 2019, at the Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona.

About CSO
CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning web site (CSOonline.com), executive conferences, strategic marketing services and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience. To assist CSOs in educating their organizations’ employees on corporate and personal security practices, CSO also produces the quarterly newsletter Security Smart. CSO is published by IDG Communications, Inc. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

CRN Lists OPAQ’s Wayne Johnson as a Person to Know in 2018

Wayne Johnson is OPAQ’s Regional Vice President of Channel Sales for the Midwest. He was recently named to CRN’s 2018 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list.  Here’s why…

 

Q: You joined OPAQ about a year ago. Tell us a little about your background.

I’ve been in information security over 20 years and in the managed security service space for over 10 years. I’ve been able to earn the trust of my solution provider customers what they need, when they need it. I have hundreds of trusted friends in the industry.  Service providers answer the phone when I call them, so I know what I am doing works.

 

Q: What attracted you to OPAQ?

The leadership. Chief Strategy Officer Ken Ammon and CEO Glenn Hazard are thought leaders. Leadership makes a company successful.  Most companies have great products, few have the management team to be successful.

 

Q: What are the biggest changes you’ve noticed in the security space in the past five years?

The need for automation and making quality security affordable to the Mid-Market all the way down to the endpoint.  Did I say Automation? It’s key because in today’s world it’s all about monitoring and response, not building and patching which unfortunately is what most information security engineers still like spending their time on today. Time is not on the good guys side.  Good security programs support the business and CISO’s are seeing how they can do that now through automation of their security products and services.

 

Q: You founded the Chicago CISO Dinner Peer Group and Chicago Area CISO of the Year Award Program. Tell us a little about those initiatives and why you started them.

Back in 2002, I saw a need for Chief Information Security Officers to peer because the position was new, and many were looking for help. I created the Chicago CISO Dinner Group, a peer group for CISO’s to seek answers from CISO’s in a vendor free environment. In 2007 when they spoke about the lack of recognition from the C Level community I took it upon myself to change that. It took me three year’s, but with the support of five local IT associations vendors in the Chicago area I was able to create the Chicago CISO of the Year Award Program. We are now in our 6th year, helping CISOs be recognized for their hard work.

 

Q: What challenges do CISOs most often cite in your monthly meetings?

There is so much noise out there now, with so many vendors and products. Deploying, managing and training staff on so many different point products is not sustainable. They want more automation, not more tools than create more for their under resourced teams.

 

Q: What advice would you give to a first time CISOs?

Surround yourself with a great team and join CISO groups to meet peers you respect and trust who can be mentors and provide advice when you need it.   Seasoned CISO’s have been there and done that, it’s hard if not impossible to do it alone in today’s ever-changing security world.

 

Q: Chicago is known for deep-dish pizza, the classic Chicago-style hot dog and the Italian Beef. What are your favorites?

All three, but a good Chicago all beef hot dog with everything and extra sport peppers I can eat every day, along with a good ‘wet’ beef with sweet or hot peppers.  Of course, I love deep dish pizza too.

Press Release:

OPAQ CTO Tom Cross Named an Industry Leader of the Year by SC Media

IT Security Researcher, Entrepreneur and Advocate Recognized for his Contributions with 2018 Reboot Leadership Award

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced that its CTO Tom Cross has been recognized as a Reboot Leadership Award 2018 recipient by SC Media, publishers of SC Magazine, in the C-Suite category. The annual awards honor executive and professional leaders for their unique, inventive and inspiring contributions that improve security, shape the industry, provide thought leadership, and otherwise have a positive impact on cybersecurity.

 

Tom is profiled in SC Magazine at: https://www.scmagazine.com/c-suite–tom-cross/article/790181/

 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by SC Media alongside so many great computer security professionals,” said Tom Cross, CTO of OPAQ. “We are constantly seeing the development of new attack techniques and new threats, yet millions of users are able to rely on the Internet every day because of the efforts of talented people throughout this industry, who work hard to confront these challenges.”

 

Tom Cross is currently CTO of OPAQ, which enables service providers to make Fortune 100-grade security accessible to midsize enterprises via the cloud over a fully encrypted SD-WAN. As CTO of Drawbridge Networks, he led the technical team that invented dynamic endpoint micro-segmentation security technology. He was previously Director of Security Research at Lancope and Manager of IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force Advanced Research team. Tom co-founded Industrial Memetics, which developed an early social networking platform called MemeStreams. He also co-founded EFGA (Electronic Frontiers Georgia).

Why Gartner Named OPAQ a 2018 Cool Vendor

On June 1, after an in-depth evaluation, leading technology research firm Gartner named OPAQ one of only three Cool Vendors in Security for Midsize Enterprises (MSE) for 2018.

According to the report, “These vendors offer a compelling combination of innovation and midsize enterprise suitability. Midsize enterprise IT leaders responsible for security and risk management should familiarize themselves with these impactful approaches to improving security posture with finite resources.”

What makes a hot company a cool vendor? Gartner’s definition of a Cool Vendor is a small company offering a technology or service that is:

Innovative — Enables users to do things they couldn’t do before

Impactful — Has or will have a business impact, not just technology for its own sake

Intriguing — Has caught Gartner’s interest during the past six months

Gartner analysts stated: “Security-as-a-service vendor OPAQ is cool because it can provide MSE IT leaders with a caliber of managed network visibility and control — at a predictable operating expenditure price — that is typically out of their reach. MSEs that lack staff expertise to manage and monitor multiple network security appliances and consoles can benefit from the OPAQ Cloud.”

Gartner released the Cool Vendors report just prior to the start of its 2018 Security and Risk Management Summit. Several of us from OPAQ attended the event, which drew an increasingly larger audience of midsize enterprises who value Gartner’s insights on the technology landscape and emerging trends.

We were delighted to see OPAQ referenced in analyst sessions and in presentations. Moreover, we were excited to hear that OPAQ was being discussed by executive attendees to analysts during their one-on-one analyst meetings.

There is no doubt that the security-as-a-service solution OPAQ delivers will be a mainstay in a market that is embracing simplified, cost-effective enterprise-grade security from the cloud.

We’re extremely proud of this recognition from one of the most highly respected analyst firms.

OPAQ Shortlisted for Best Emerging Technology in 2018 SC Awards

We received some exciting news last week. The OPAQ Cloud was named an Excellence Award finalist in the Best Emerging Technology category for the 2018 SC Awards, an annual competition that recognizes the top solutions in the cybersecurity industry.

This is the second major accolade our technology has received in the past two weeks. The OPAQ Cloud was recently named best (Platinum) Network Security solution in the 2017 GSN Homeland Security Awards for cybersecurity excellence.

Making this list is very gratifying. The SC Awards are widely regarded as the gold standard in cybersecurity. The winners will be announced at the SC Awards ceremony on April 17 in San Francisco, in conjunction with the RSA Conference, the industry’s largest gathering.

According to Illena Armstrong, VP, Editorial for SC Media, “OPAQ Networks has demonstrated unique innovation in its approach to protecting companies from the onslaught of malicious attacks and other threats. Their solution represents some of the most effective security technology on the market today.”

The OPAQ Cloud is a security-as-a-service platform that integrates a private network backbone with built-in enterprise-grade security capabilities from the world’s leading technology providers and our own intellectual property.

Our vision was to create a solution that makes advanced cybersecurity protection accessible to midsize companies that lack the resources and staff to knit together and manage multiple products themselves. With the OPAQ Cloud there’s no hardware or software to buy, install and manage.

Since many midsize companies lack in-house security expertise, the OPAQ Cloud is available from managed service providers who can remotely monitor and protect their networks.

You can read the SC Awards press release here.

OPAQ Cloud Named Best Network Security Solution by Gov Security News

We are pleased to report that the OPAQ Cloud platform was recently named best (Platinum) Network Security/Enterprise Firewall solution in the 2017 GSN Homeland Security Awards for cybersecurity excellence.

The Awards are hosted by Government Security News (GSN) to recognize excellence and leadership in the Cyber Security and Homeland Security sectors. Winners were selected based on a combination of technological innovation, ability to address a recognized government IT security need, and flexibility to meet both current and future needs. Category winners were ranked with Platinum, Gold and Silver designations.

The OPAQ Cloud is tailored to meet the unique needs of State and Local governments, which face the same sophisticated security threats, like ransomware, as larger federal agencies, but tend to lack the resources and technical experts to adequately protect their networks.

The massive WannaCry cyberattack that infected computers in at least 150 countries several months ago is a good example. In the aftermath, many State IT officials said they often don’t have enough money to effectively fight sophisticated cyber threats. And the scale of that attack made them even more concerned.

Doug Robinson, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) went on the record to say: “This is a big wake-up call because it is cyber disruption. States and local government need to address this because it’s a serious threat. We have urged states to take action immediately.”

There are many security products that try to do some really great things for state and local governments. However, many products and management systems are isolated and do not talk to each other.

This is why automation and orchestration are becoming a game-changing necessity for state and local governments. Leveraging automation can help state and local governments effectively detect and respond to threats at speed. This is what the OPAQ Cloud is designed to do — and it’s why we were honored with the GSN Homeland Security Award.

To find out more about the GSN Homeland Security Award, see the announcement. To learn about the OPAQ Cloud and the benefits of security-as-a-service visit https://www.opaqnetworks.com/solution.