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DirectDefense Hires Richard Tillery to Lead MSSP Program

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DirectDefense, a risk assessment, penetration testing and managed services provider, has named Richard Tillery as its MSSP director.

Tillery will manage DirectDefense's security analysts and the company's detection infrastructure and response to cybersecurity incidents, according to a prepared statement. He also may help DirectDefense expand its Cyber Security Partner Program.

Tillery has more than two decades of combined U.S. military and industry experience. He has held cybersecurity roles at the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Denver Police Department. In addition, Tillery acquired cyber forensic and cybersecurity knowledge and skills in the U.S. military, DirectDefense said.

DirectDefense Appoints VP of Business Development, Launches Enterprise Security Program Review Offering

The Tillery hire comes after DirectDefense in May 2022 appointed Jared Ballou as its VP of business development. Ballou is responsible for driving strategic partnerships to support DirectDefense's growth and business strategy, the company said.

Prior to joining DirectDefense, Ballou held leadership roles at cybersecurity and compliance solutions company Proofpoint. Ballou also has worked at cybersecurity companies ObserveIT (acquired by Proofpoint in November 2019) and Rapid7.

Furthermore, DirectDefense in January 2022 launched its Enterprise Security Program Review (ESPR) solution in conjunction with IronNet, Unlimited Technology, and Exeroan, an Unlimited Technology company.

Organizations can use the ESPR solution to measure the current and desired future state of their infrastructure against National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity controls, DirectDefense said. That way, they can assess, test and review their existing security controls, analyze their risk exposure and determine what security solutions to use to combat cyber threats.

A Closer Look at DirectDefense

Organizations can use DirectDefense's continuous security solutions and managed security services that protect their data and infrastructure, the company stated. DirectDefense also provides the Cyber Security Partner Program, which allows MSSPs and MSPs to leverage the company's managed detection and response (MDR), connected systems and professional services expertise.

DirectDefense has been named one of America's fastest-growing small private companies in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 by Inc. Magazine. It continues to explore growth opportunities and looks poised to further expand its Cyber Security Partner Program.

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.