Lightstream Achieves Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud Specialization

NextWave Prisma Cloud Specialization will help Lightstream bring Advanced Cloud Security Expertise to Customers 

Salt Lake City, UT, June 3, 2021– Lightstream announced today that it has achieved a Palo Alto Networks NextWave Prisma Cloud Specialization Status. Lightstream has met the key specialization criteria around performance, capabilities, and engagement established by Palo Alto Networks’ NextWave 3.0 Partner Program.

As businesses expand their cloud footprints to innovate and go to market faster, cloud security must keep pace with the needs of both agile software development practices and hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Customers need the expertise and tools to ensure that their entire cloud native application lifecycle is protected and compliant while enabling full stack protection across public or private clouds for hosted, container, and serverless workloads.

Lightstream’s achievement of Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Cloud Specialization adds further value to its robust cloud and security practice. The practice emphasizes architectural excellence as well as ongoing technical optimization, remediation, and cost performance for core, virtual, and remote infrastructures.  It further validates the capabilities of Lightstream Security Managed Services product portfolio to address the ongoing operational needs of customers.

“Lightstream Cloud Defense, built on Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud, pairs a flexible platform approach with cloud and security engineering expertise and remediation through our 24/7 security operations center (SOC),” said Jeff Collins, chief strategy officer for Lightstream. “Customers benefit from the power of Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud in a pay-as-you-grow managed service designed to fit their needs.”

“The partner of tomorrow will differentiate itself by building security expertise where that need is greatest,” said Karl Soderlund, SVP of Worldwide Channel Sales at Palo Alto Networks. “As a Prisma Cloud Specialized partner, Lightstream will bring expertise and cloud security to our customers who don’t always have the tools or resources to manage integrated DevOps security or secure complex, hybrid-cloud environments. This Cloud specialization is also our commitment to identify and bring high-value opportunities to partners backed by our leading security platform, with the incentives, enablement and support services that will help them establish innovative new solutions.”

About the NextWave Partner Program

The Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program includes approximately 6,500 partners who help 80,000 customers around the world succeed with Palo Alto Networks Technologies. Its pre-sales, sales, and post-sales capabilities and enablement are instrumental in helping our partners create an optimal customer experience and serve as trusted security experts. Partners’ achievements in the program are proactively monitored and annually assessed.

NextWave 3.0 is a comprehensive set of program specializations, incentives, and enablement initiatives launched by Palo Alto Networks to Enable partner differentiation; enhance partner profitability, expand partner opportunities; and empower partner success.

To learn more about Lightstream’s Security Managed Services, visit our Security Practice page on lightstream.tech.

About Lightstream

Lightstream provides full-service cloud, connectivity, and security solutions to enterprises worldwide with a focus on managed services for all three, as well as cloud infrastructure implementation, security, and support.

Lightstream is an AWS Security Competency Partner, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner with Security Competency, and was named Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Cynthia.Lawton@lightstream.tech

 

Lightstream Launches the Complification Podcast Series

Salt Lake City, UT, February 10, 2021 – Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network transformation, and managed services, today announced the launch of its new podcast series: Complification. The series streams on Apple and Spotify and is available on Lightstream’s website.

Complification is defined in the Urban Dictionary as complicating an issue that has a simple solution. The Lightstream Complification Podcast Series sheds light on that notion for Information Technology (IT) professionals. It features experts and thought leaders in cloud, security, and networking and dives into how organizations are adding complexity to their IT, and what to do about it. The first four episodes include:

So Many Tools, So Little Time

  • More than ever, IT departments are being burdened by securing and retaining talent, procuring and maintaining toolsets, and overcoming budgetary constraints. Lightstream’s Mark Feil discusses why IT leaders should be rethinking deployment of best-of-breed management tools and pushing back on Managed Service Providers to deliver better value despite these constraints.

The Top Three Security Mistakes You’re Making in Microsoft Azure

  • With its scalable structure, pay-as-you-go pricing and 99.95% SLAs, it’s no wonder Microsoft Azure is a long-time leader in the IaaS space. With all of this flexibility and reliability comes responsibility, especially around security. Lightstream’s Ty Annen shares three common Azure security mistakes and what to do about them.

Got SD-WAN? Great! Now Let’s Talk About How to Secure It

  • SD-WAN is fueling the customer experience and transforming modern networking. It is also pushing distributed Internet connectivity, which introduces security vulnerabilities if not addressed properly. Lightstream’s Kurt Richter and Rafal Los combine their deep networking and security expertise into a powerful podcast on the intricacies of SD-WAN security and a 360-degree view of how to address it.

Bringing Cloud Security and Application Modernization Together

  • Modernizing your applications has many roadblocks, not least of which is the simple mental roadblock of getting the job done. Lightstream’s Ty Annen offers clear insight on how to break down the task while ensuring that cloud security remains an essential piece of the puzzle. Hint: there’s no need to surf eBay for network cards.

About Lightstream

Lightstream provides full-service cloud, connectivity, and security solutions to enterprises worldwide with a focus on managed services for all three, as well as cloud infrastructure implementation, security, and support.

Lightstream is an AWS Security Competency Partner, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner with Security Competency, and was named Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or LinkedIn.

Media Contact

cynthia.lawton@lightstream.tech

Lightstream Launches Managed Security Services

Salt Lake City, UT, October 1, 2020 – Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network transformation and managed services, today announced the launch of Managed Security Services (MSS). Lightstream’s suite of managed-services solutions helps organizations better manage risk by improving security outcomes and effectiveness while meeting compliance requirements for core, mobile and public-cloud infrastructures.

The COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking digital transformation as the world rethinks use of technology in everything from work to school to entertainment and healthcare. Cyberattacks have spiked globally, with a recent Interpol assessment citing an alarming rate of attacks shifting from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.

Lightstream MSS helps IT leaders address these challenges by decreasing security costs and complexity with pay-as-you-go solutions delivered by a team of cloud and security experts. The services deliver operational and advisory capabilities that help customers to build, maintain and improve their security posture. Available in flexible service tiers, MSS include:

Management, operation and maintenance of virtual and physical devices at the network edge

Prevention, detection and automated security incident response at scale

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) platform delivering connectivity using a common cloud-based infrastructure

Continuous monitoring, detection and incident response for public cloud

Getting started is as simple as a Rapid Risk Profile assessment or Security & Compliance Insights workshop to baseline a customer’s current security posture and compliance and assess security needs.

“Many businesses find themselves struggling due to changing global economic conditions,” said Rafal Los, vice president of security strategy at Lightstream. “Budgets are under pressure, while security threats are increasing and talent is at a premium. This is the perfect time not to have to choose between investing in your business or investing in security. Lightstream’s unique approach maximizes cybersecurity investment by coupling decreased cost and complexity with improved effectiveness in a cost-effective, consumption-based model.”

About Lightstream

Lightstream provides full-service cloud and connectivity solutions to enterprises worldwide with a focus on managed services for security, cloud and network, as well as cloud infrastructure implementation, security and support.

Lightstream is an AWS Security Competency Partner, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner with Security Competency and was named Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Cynthia Lawton, cynthia.lawton@lightstream.tech

Lightstream Launches Network Managed Services

Salt Lake City, UT, July 15, 2020 – Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network transformation and managed services, today announced the launch of Lightstream Network Managed Services (NMS). The customizable managed-services solution helps organizations of all sizes to better manage risk by improving their network’s availability, efficiency and technology implementation as well as addressing overspending.

Many of today’s IT departments struggle to resolve network and carriers outages due to network complexity, outdated hardware and software and limited resources. According to Gartner, the average hourly cost of network downtime is $5,600 per minute.

Lightstream NMS helps customers overcome these challenges by proactively monitoring and managing their infrastructure devices and network spend, resolving carrier issues faster and identifying and stopping chronic events on their networks.

Lightstream NMS is delivered through two tiers of services via its 24/7/365 Network Operations Center. These services include:

Proactive Monitoring & Carrier Management

  • Proactive monitoring of infrastructure devices with system failure notification
  • Triage/isolation of system failure events
  • Carrier management including opening of tickets for network failure, escalation and drive to resolution
  • Event correlation to identify and remediate chronic carrier issues
  • Quarterly reviews

Managed Services

  • All components of Proactive Monitoring & Carrier Management
  • Full management of network infrastructure devices
  • Incident management of connected network elements for all issues beyond carrier management
  • Configuration management, change management and break/fix of the managed device
  • Monthly reviews

“Lightstream NMS bring needed resources, technical expertise and fanatical customer service to the fundamental task of keeping companies networks up and running,” said Lightstream CEO Jim Cassell. “Our holistic approach provides not only proactive network monitoring and management but also addresses technology optimization and network overspending. We stay focused on our customers’ networks so they can stay focused on their businesses.”

To learn more about Network Managed Services, visit https://www.lightstream.tech/solutions/managed-services/network-managed-services/.

About Lightstream

Lightstream provides full-service cloud and connectivity solutions to enterprises worldwide with a focus on managed security and cloud services, network transformation, cloud infrastructure implementation, security and support. By helping our customers build strong cloud and networking foundations through enhanced customer care, we not only design and support core enterprise solutions but also serve as a single trusted advisor for their complex technology infrastructure needs. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Cynthia Lawton

Marketing Leader

cynthia.lawton@lightstream.tech

Lightstream Achieves AWS Security Competency Status

SALT LAKE CITY, May 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network transformation and managed services, announced today that it has attained Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency status with for its cloud integration and cloud management services. This designation recognizes that Lightstream has demonstrated expertise that helps customers achieve their cloud-security goals.

Achieving the AWS Security Competency differentiates Lightstream as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialized consulting services designed to help enterprises adopt, develop and deploy complex security projects on AWS. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver secure solutions seamlessly on AWS. Lightstream leverages its many years of security consulting, certifications, and awards – including Palo Alto Networks’ Global Cloud Partner of the Year Award for two years running (2018, 2019) – to provide value and insight through a team of highly trained and certified cloud and security experts.

Adopting a “Zero Trust” cybersecurity framework that incorporates automation, visibility and proven practices from the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Lightstream offers its customers secure services for cloud design and architecture, technical and operational best practices, cost optimization and industry-specific compliance.

“Lightstream is proud to have achieved the AWS Security Competency,” said Lightstream CEO Jim Cassell. “This is a direct result of the many years of hard work from our cloud and security teams to continually stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing our customers with the most advanced, secure solutions for their cloud journey. Whether helping customers to build a strong Cloud Foundation or handle the day-to-day administration and maintenance of their AWS environment through Cloud Managed Services, our emphasis on customer care and security are the cornerstone of how we do business.”

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

To learn more, visit www.lightstream.tech/aws-security.

Lightstream Welcomes Rafal Los as Chief Security Strategist

Salt Lake City, UT, May 12, 2020 – Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network transformation and managed services, today announced the hiring of Rafal Los as the company’s new chief security strategist. In this role, Los will be responsible for security innovation across Lightstream’s service platform, including new offerings and partnerships as well as serving as a security thought leader and evangelist on behalf of Lightstream.

“We are very excited to have Raf join the Lightstream team,” said Lightstream Chief Strategy Officer Jeff Collins. “He is an industry innovator, trusted strategist and well-known personality in the cybersecurity space. In this newly created role, Raf will keep a pulse on industry trends and best practices while collaborating directly with Lightstream’s engineering, marketing, sales and partner/alliance organizations to help shape our company’s cloud and network security vision along with our executive team.”

Rafal has spent almost 20 years in management and executive roles with prominent technology companies such as General Electric, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Optiv. Prior to joining the Lightstream team, Rafal served as VP of Cloud Security at Armor Cloud Security, where he helped the organization shift from an infrastructure provider to a security-as-a-service provider by developing a pre-sales strategy and a professional services framework.

Rafal is an active member of the Security Advisor Alliance, serving on the advisory board with the intent of creating innovative ways for security leaders to give back to their communities through service and knowledge sharing. In addition, Rafal is a founder and host of the Down the Security Rabbithole podcast – a weekly industry podcast that started in 2011 with a loyal following that includes thought leadership and experts including government advisors and industry founders, among others.

About Lightstream
Lightstream’s expertise lies in taking the complexity out of on premise and cloud convergence, including network integration, cloud migration, security and system monitoring, all supported through 24/7 managed services. We work alongside the world’s leading cloud, technology and telecommunications companies and provide value to our customers through unique engineering, project management and service-oriented solution. We do this through level headedness, solid communication, technical competency and a fanatical commitment to customer needs and concerns. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Media Contact
Cynthia Lawton
Marketing Leader
cynthia.lawton@lightstream.tech

Lightstream Launches Cloud Managed Services with Strategic Cloud Management Platform Partner CloudCheckr

Salt Lake City, UT, March 11, 2020 – Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network transformation and managed services, today announced the launch of Lightstream Cloud Managed Services (CMS) with strategic partner CloudCheckr, the total visibility platform that makes managing public cloud infrastructure easy. The innovative solution provides a comprehensive suite of security, technical, financial and operational management services that help customers build, manage and secure their cloud environments.

Lightstream’s CMS solution helps organizations of all sizes to improve the day-to-day administration and maintenance of their cloud infrastructures through a flexible mix of consulting, integration and managed services. Built to support cloud deployments on major platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, the offering includes services for cloud design and architecture, technical and operational best practices, cost optimization and a specific focus on security and compliance. Lightstream leverages its many years of security consulting and certifications, including AWS’s Security Competency, to provide value and insight through a team of highly trained and certified cloud and security experts.

CloudCheckr cloud management platform serves as a foundational pillar of the CMS offering and provides visibility into resource allocation, usage, service inventory and gaps in security and configuration. The partnership enables Lightstream and its customers to quickly and intelligently assess their cloud environments to ensure maximum value for their investments with immediate results.

“More and more customers are looking for total visibility, value recommendations and implementation know-how in their cloud journeys,” said CloudCheckr CEO Tim McKinnon. “As businesses step into the cloud or pursue aggressive growth, cloud management can become daunting since it requires varying skill sets and a dedicated focus. Our strategic partnership with Lightstream helps alleviate this challenge by helping customers to address the fundamental areas of effective cloud management, which include security, technology, finance and operations.”

“With Lightstream’s CMS solution, our customers can be confident that their cloud infrastructures are secure, cost-efficient and operating at technically optimized levels,” said Lightstream CEO Jim Cassell. “This allows cloud users to focus on their business while Lightstream ensures that the underlying components of their cloud platform are sound.”

To learn more, visit the Cloud Managed Services page on www.lightstream.tech/solutions/cloud/cms.

About Lightstream
Lightstream provides full-service cloud and connectivity solutions to enterprises worldwide with a focus on managed security and cloud services, network transformation, cloud infrastructure implementation, security and support. By helping our customers build strong cloud and networking foundations through enhanced customer care, we not only design and support core enterprise solutions, but also serve as a single trusted advisor for their complex technology infrastructure needs. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or connect with us on LinkedIn.

About CloudCheckr
Only CloudCheckr delivers total visibility, making the most complex cloud infrastructures easy to manage. CloudCheckr customers deploy our total visibility platform to secure, manage, and govern the most sensitive environments in the world—from government agencies to large enterprises to MSPs. CloudCheckr industry-leading solutions include Cost Management, Finance Manager, Cloud Security, Total Compliance, Inventory & Utilization, and Cloud Automation. For more information visit www.cloudcheckr.com, connect with CloudCheckr on LinkedIn, or subscribe to the CloudCheckr Resource Center.

Media Contact
Cynthia Lawton
Marketing Leader
cynthia.lawton@lightstream.tech

Lightstream Awarded the Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year for 2019

Salt Lake City, UT, October 15, 2019 – Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, network integration, and managed services, today announced it received the Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year Award for 2019.

Announced during the Palo Alto Networks Sales Kickoff 2020 in Las Vegas, these annual awards are presented to an elite group of NextWave partners that over the past 12 months have excelled in the following areas:

  • Performance: partner-initiated bookings, pipeline and net new customer acquisition
  •  Enablement: number of Palo Alto Networks pre-sales, sales and post-sales certifications
  •  Engagement: nominated by the Palo Alto Networks team

Lightstream specializes in the integration of architecture between customer data centers, cloud solutions, and network service providers for both commercial and government organizations. The company has received recognition for excellence in delivering public cloud cybersecurity solutions two consecutive years. In 2018, Lightstream received the NextWave Specialized Cloud Partner of the year award.

“We are honored to be named Public Cloud Partner of the Year by Palo Alto Networks for the second year running,” said Rod Stout, president at Lightstream. “This speaks to the strength of our expanding collaboration and our joint mission to help our customers protect their applications and data deployed in public and hybrid cloud platforms with Palo Alto Networks innovative and comprehensive security solutions.”

“We are fully committed to helping our partners secure the enterprise, cloud, and future together,” said Karl Soderlund, senior vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at Palo Alto Networks. “Today’s customers need trusted advisors, our NextWave partners, to successfully navigate the rapidly changing and complex security landscape. We’re proud to recognize Lightstream on their Public Cloud Partner of the Year award for delivering valuable business outcomes and helping our mutual customers protect their digital way of life.”

For more information on Lightstream, please visit www.lightstream.tech. For more information on Palo Alto Networks, please visit this page.

About Lightstream

Founded in 2003 as a wide-area network services company, Lightstream has grown to become a leader in cloud security, network integration, and managed services. Lightstream specializes in the integration of architecture between customer data centers, cloud solutions, and network service providers for both commercial and government organizations.