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Pulse Secure Hires BlackBerry, McAfee Veteran as Chief Revenue Officer

Pulse Secure, a zero-trust security solutions provider, has named Alex Thurber as its chief revenue officer. Thurber will lead Pulse Secure's global sales strategy, management and team development, according to the company.

Thurber has more than 20 years of technology industry leadership experience. He previously served as SVP and GM of BlackBerry's Mobility Solutions Business Unit and has held leadership roles at WatchGuard Technologies, Tripwire, McAfee and Cisco Systems.

Pulse Secure's partner program spans resellers, technology alliances and service providers -- particularly MSSPs.

Pulse Secure: Distribution Partnership

The Thurber hire comes after Pulse Secure earlier this month announced a distribution partnership with SecureWave, an Israeli data security and IT infrastructure value-added distributor.

SecureWave is helping Pulse Secure grow its sales channel across Israel to meet accelerating demand for zero-trust security solutions, the companies said. It also provides sales and technical enablement, lead generation and an educational program to Pulse Secure partners.

Pulse Secure's zero-trust security solutions enable organizations to securely access applications and information in data center and cloud environments and comply with industry mandates, the company stated. In addition, these solutions are used by over 23,000 enterprises and service providers worldwide.

Global zero-trust security solutions market revenues are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.9 percent between 2019 and 2024, industry analyst MarketsandMarkets indicated. Furthermore, these revenues could total $38.6 billion by 2024.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.