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ThreatBlockr Adds Cybersecurity Talent to Grow MSP, MSSP Partner Engagements

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ThreatBlockr, the autonomous cyber intelligence and active threat defense platform, has named Bill Franklin as Head of Business Development — a role focused on expanding its MSP and MSSP business, the company announced August 5.

Franklin, who joins ThreatBlockr after working in various sales and IT-related roles over the past 10 years, expressed his enthusiasm for the new role:

“I am incredibly excited to help launch ThreatBlockr's MSP/MSSP strategy. In my previous role, I helped guide CIO/CISOs through the maze of technologies and service providers based on outcomes. This included complex networks, cloud, end users and technology stacks, with an emphasis on security. MSP/MSSPs aren't much different since they have to support a myriad of technologies and customers; that is hard work. The key is our technology is low touch, high ROI, independent of OEM relationships, and enables your security teams to be more efficient."

Franklin: “Firewalls Aren’t Cutting It Anymore”

Franklin’s previous roles included senior director of Cloud Engineering at Avant Communications, where he led the engineering team for nearly a decade. He also played key roles as a systems engineer at NetApp and EMC.

Franklin explained that growing partnerships with key technology partners will be a significant focus of his role:

“It’s wonderful to be part of ThreatBlockr and have the opportunity to work on such an innovative approach to network security. Firewalls aren’t cutting it anymore, so organizations need a better way to block threats at scale without overworking their existing security stacks. ThreatBlockr ultimately solves that problem and fills in a missing puzzle piece. As a longtime cybersecurity professional, it’s amazing to be part of the team who’s at the forefront of this trend in cybersecurity.”

Franklin is tasked with establishing a community of partners focused on helping customers enhance their network security to protect them against the latest threats, the company said. ThreatBlockr's software “fully automates the enforcement, deployment and analysis of cyber intelligence at a massive scale,” the company asserts.

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In other talent moves during 2022, ThreatBlockr George Just as chief revenue officer and Courtney Brady as vice president of marketing.

ThreatBlockr CEO Brian McMahon cheered Franklin’s hiring:

“ThreatBlockr is seeing tremendous growth in our MSP and MSSP business. Adding Bill to the team will deepen our focus in this space and strengthen our ability to execute. He’s a deeply talented cybersecurity expert. Having worked at and with some of the strongest and most recognizable technology brands, he has a critical understanding of what it takes to drive growth and operational excellence.”

ThreatBlockr is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia and has 33 employees, according to its LinkedIn profile. In March 2022, the company rebranded from Bandura Cyber and raised $5 million in funding. Partner organizations include MSPs, channel partners/value-added resellers and trusted advisors.

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.