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Channel Brief: Sophos Names Levy CEO, Dell Technologies World News and More

Hi, again, folks - lots of good stuff for you this Tuesday, starting with the news that Joe Levy, who has been serving as Sophos's acting CEO since mid-February, has been named to the role permanently. Sophos also said that Jim Dildine will take on the role of the company's CFO. Congrats, Joe and Jim!

In other leadership news, AI security ops platform Anomali announced that Micheal McCollough will become the new VP of global channel sales. McCollough's prior experience includes stints at Imperva and Akamai.

We're also following Bitwarden's free 2FA tool and monitoring the news coming out of Dell Technologies World and MSPGeekCon, so stay tuned for more from there. And have a great Tuesday!

Are you an MSP that partners with public cloud service providers? It's time for you to step up and get recognized. ChannelE2E opened its annual Top 250 Public Cloud MSPs survey. This is the survey that we use to create our annual Top 250 Public Cloud MSPs ranked list. Here's the link to participate.

And don't forget to submit your idea for a session at the upcoming MSSP Alert Live event! MSSP Alert Live is the premiere cybersecurity event for MSPs and MSSPs. (You can submit your proposal here.) We’re looking for speakers like you who want to share insights and experience and wisdom with peers.

Please check out our industry Mergers and Acquisitions list, updated daily, with an archive that goes all the way back to 2020. Check out the whole thing here. Scroll down for a quick view of upcoming in-person channel and MSP events at the bottom of this post (while we spiff up our industry calendar behind the scenes. It will return!)

And please send your news tips, information, and industry chatter to senior managing editor [email protected].

Today’s Tech, Channel and MSP News

1. Sophos Makes Levy's CEO Role Official: Today, Sophos announced that Joe Levy has been named the permanent CEO of the company after serving as acting CEO since Feb. 15. Additionally, Jim Dildine has been named Sophos’ new chief financial officer (CFO). During his nine-year tenure at Sophos, Levy has driven Sophos’s transformation from a product-only vendor into a global cybersecurity giant with nearly 600,000 business customers worldwide and generating more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue, the company said in a statement. Levy’s vision for the future is focused on the midmarket and is committed to following CISA’s Secure By Design initiative which Sophos signed earlier this month.

2. Anomali's New VP of Global Channel Sales: AI-powered SecOps platform Anomali announced the appointment of Micheal McCollough as vice president of global channel sales. In this role, McCollough will help Anomali’s global partners modernize security operations and drive channel growth. He brings over two decades of international executive leadership experience, possessing a unique understanding of global markets, partner dynamics, and customer needs, the company said, with a track record of successful channel transformations at Imperva and Akamai. Anomali recently unveiled its leading AI-Powered security platform and omnipresent Copilot at RSA Conference.

3. HaloPSA and NinjaOne Integrations: HaloPSA and endpoint management solutions firm NinjaOne today announced an integration that brings together NinjaOne’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) product with HaloPSA’s professional services automation (PSA) software. Key integration benefits include faster resolution time, more efficient operations and service and extensive support.

4. Dell Hints at AI Announcements, Touts Channel Momentum: In an interview with CRN ahead of Dell Technologies World, CEO Michael Dell said the company’s fourth-quarter results show early success. Sales of its AI-optimized servers increased 40% over last quarter, and the company shipped $800 million worth of AI-optimized servers, according to CRN. “We have a blizzard of new announcements coming targeted just at that, and some great parts of our ecosystem are going to be there, including (Nvidia) CEO Jensen (Huang), again,” Dell told CRN. Our own Jessica C. Davis is on the ground in Las Vegas at Dell Technologies World, and we'll keep you updated as news comes in.

5. Bitwarden's Free 2FA App: MSP Today has a quick piece on Bitwarden's recently released standalone app for two-factor authentication to protect online services and applications from unauthorized access. The credential management provider recently launched Bitwarden Authenticator, which generates and stores time-based one-time passwords to allow all users to add a second verification layer across all accounts and devices for identity confirmation. Bitwarden Authenticator uses common industry standards to enable 2FA, which makes it more secure than older methods vulnerable to phishing, stolen codes or even stolen SIM cards. And the best part: It's free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

MSSP Alert Live Call for Papers and Top 250 Public Cloud MSPs

MSSP Alert Live CFP: Are you a thought leader in managed services or managed security services, or do you have a unique approach to an important topic that could help other MSPs or MSSPs? We’re looking for speakers like you to be part of our MSSP Alert Live program for 2024. MSSP Alert Live, the premiere cybersecurity event for MSPs and MSSPs, has opened its call for papers. (You can submit yours here.) We’re looking for speakers like you who want to share insights and experience and wisdom with peers.

Time for Cloud MSPs to get recognized: Are you an MSP that works with public cloud providers? It’s time to get recognized for your work. ChannelE2E opened its annual survey for the Top 250 Public Cloud MSPs. If your MSP practice includes working with a public cloud provider, this survey is for you. Participation is free. The survey closes in June. Submit your MSP today here for recognition! Our list will be released this summer.

In-Person MSP and Channel Partner Events

  1. MSP GeekCon - May 19-21, Rosen Plaza, Orlando, Florida
  2. Dell Technologies World - May 20-May 23, The Venetian, Las Vegas
  3. IT Nation Secure, (hosted by ConnectWise) June 3-5, 2024, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
  4. Pax8 Beyond, June 9-11, 2024, Gaylord Rockies Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
  5. FLOWAutomation Conference (hosted by Rewst) – June 17-June 19, The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida
  6. CompTIA ChannelCon, July 30-August 1, 2024, Atlanta, Georgia, Hyatt Regency Atlanta