Lightstream Welcomes Denise Anderson as Senior Director of Partner Business Development

Salt Lake City, UT, August 24, 2021– Lightstream announced today the hiring of Denise Anderson as the company’s new Senior Director of Partner Business Development. In her role, Denise will be responsible for owning the executive partner relationships and helping to drive joint growth strategies.

“We are extremely pleased to have Denise join the Lightstream team,” stated Jim Cassell, Co-CEO of Lightstream.   “She is a natural strategist and corporate thought leader who can identify and implement innovative business development strategies and operational processes that will allow our cross-collaborative teams to achieve and exceed targets. Denise is critical to supporting the explosive growth that Lightstream is experiencing in our cloud, security, and managed services businesses.”

Denise has spent over 20 years in direct and indirect channel sales and service provider organizations.  She has spent the last 10 years primarily focused in cybersecurity channel strategy and partner-to-partner (P2P) business development. She has experience in developing, accelerating and operationalizing channel and partner Go-To-Market strategies with concrete results, including driving an average of 50% YoY growth with strategic partnerships and accelerating partner revenues in excess of $100 million.

According to Denise, “Lightstream represents an exciting opportunity for growth thanks to its combined cloud, security and network practices. Rather than simply identifying gaps, Lightstream’s lifecycle approach enables customers to trust a proven partner who can provide integrated professional, advisory and managed services across a customer’s entire IT stack. I look forward to continuing to solve some of our customers’ biggest challenges through the combined strength of our market-leading partnerships and Lightstream products and services.”

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

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Lightstream Ranks 3892 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Salt Lake City, UT, August 17, 2021– Lightstream, an innovative Utah-based provider of full-service cloud, connectivity, and security solutions to enterprises worldwide with emphasis on managed services, has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. Today the publication announced its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, where Lightstream ranks 3892 with three-year revenue growth of 81%.

Since its inception in 2003, Lightstream has been a leader in pairing fanatical customer service with technology solutions and services, while creating strategic, financial, and security wins for customers. The company has also been recognized year-after-year by industry-leading partners through global awards and high-level certifications. Lightstream was named Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and is an AWS Security Competency Partner, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, and a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner with Security Competency.

“We are extremely grateful for this honor and the trust our clients put in us to help them achieve their desired business outcomes by managing costs, reducing unnecessary complexity, and improving efficacy,” said Co-CEO Jim Cassell. Co-CEO Rod Stout added, “We credit our extremely high customer-retention rate to the care and quality of work our employees put in every day. We service customers across a variety of industries and our lifecycle approach ensures we continually innovate and optimize with market-leading technology services that demonstrate return-on-investment.”

The annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc., which will be available on newsstands on August 20.

About Lightstream

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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