Edge Networks Honored as a Top 10% Clutch Champion for 2023

Edge Networks Honored as a Top 10% Clutch Champion for 2023

Edge Networks has been recognized a 2023 Clutch Champion by Clutch, the leading global marketplace of B2B service providers. Clutch Champions is the company’s newest award given to the top 10% of Clutch Global winners, a designation that recognizes business service providers across the world for their industry expertise and ability to deliver exceptional results compared to other companies in their line of service. 

Edge Networks was included among the 2023 Fall Clutch Champions due to our commitment to providing the best cybersecurity service. This award recognizes Edge as a top-rated leader in the Cybersecurity space based on our clients’ satisfaction and high-quality service ratings. We want to extend our gratitude to our incredible clients for their kind reviews and support which helped us in receiving this award! 

Past Awards

Earlier this month, Edge was also recognized by Clutch as a 2023 Global Award Winner for Cybersecurity Services. This year we also celebrated our success with the UpCity Best of Washington Award for the second year in a row, highlighting our commitment to enhancing our customers’ business resiliency. In addition to our 2023 recognitions, we’ve received awards in years past from Clutch and Expertise 

We’re honored to be recognized once again for our industry expertise. Receiving this award given to the top 10% of Clutch Global winners is a reminder of how incredible our clients are and how dedicated our team is. None of this would have been possible without our team and the support and trust of our clients and partners.   

A Note from the Clutch CEO:

Sonny Ganguly, Clutch CEO, shared a statement about the Clutch Champion award winners: “The Clutch Champion designation is the newest award providers can earn on Clutch. This year’s honorees represent the best of the best on our platform, and I am thrilled to celebrate and commend these champions for their ongoing achievements and dedication to consistently exceeding their clients’ expectations. The companies named to this list continue to set the bar high. Their devotion has not only enriched our platform but has also inspired others to strive for similar levels of distinction. We are grateful for their partnership and look forward to witnessing their continued success in the future.” 

Being named a Clutch Champion is not just a testament to the hard work our team has put in, but also a reflection of the commitment to consistently exceed the expectations of our clients. We are proud to be among this year’s honorees, who, in the words of Sonny Ganguly, represent companies that continue to set the bar high.  

Partner With Edge

Ganguly’s words acknowledging the dedication and ongoing achievements of the Clutch Champion award winners resonate deeply with us. We believe in not only meeting but surpassing the needs of our clients, and this recognition reinforces that our efforts are making an impact. If you’re looking for a cybersecurity partner that goes above and beyond, contact us today. 

The CISO’s Guide to Cybersecurity Maturity

The Journey to Cybersecurity Maturity

From executive boardrooms to the heart of server room operations, the call for strong cybersecurity measures saturates every level and function within modern organizations. But, as cybersecurity experts, we understand that cybersecurity maturity involves more than just strengthening defenses and applying security patches.  

The journey towards cybersecurity maturity is a multifaceted endeavor, one that seamlessly blends leadership, governance, risk management, compliance, and strategic partnerships. Through these strategies, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and cybersecurity leaders can start their journey to cybersecurity maturity that ensures compliance and promotes a state of resilience, growth, and long-term success. 

Characteristics of Effective Leadership 

As organizations navigate the complexities of cybersecurity maturity, the role of the CISO becomes increasingly vital. The work of CISOs goes beyond just managing security; it requires visionary leadership, advocating at the board level, empowering teams, and having a strategic outlook.  

The objective is straightforward: guide the company towards cybersecurity maturity with visionary leadership, board-level advocation, empowering teams and cultivating a culture of vigilance, strategic planning, and communicating with transparency. 

Visionary Leadership 

Guiding the company towards cybersecurity maturity requires visionary leadership. A visionary CISO doesn’t merely react to threats; they proactively shape the organization’s security landscape. They chart a course toward a future where cybersecurity is not a limitation but a powerful motivation for achieving business objectives. Their foresight anticipates challenges, positioning the organization ahead of potential risks. 

Advocating at the Board Level 

The modern CISO serves as a crucial bridge between cybersecurity’s technical intricacies and the boardroom’s strategic objectives. They are experienced at translating complex security concepts into tangible business impacts, garnering support and resources from board members. By highlighting how critical it is to invest in cybersecurity, they ensure that the organization remains resilient in the face of threats and grows toward cybersecurity maturity. 

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Empowering Teams and Cultivating a Culture of Vigilance 

A proactive CISO recognizes that cybersecurity maturity is a collective effort. They empower their teams with security awareness programs, knowledge, resources, and a culture of vigilance. By fostering an environment of continuous learning and skill development, they can cultivate a workforce that is proactive in identifying and mitigating risks. 

 Strategic Planning to Align Objectives with Business Goals 

The journey to cybersecurity maturity requires a strategic CISO who is familiar with the intricacies of the business. They should align every cybersecurity initiative with the broader organizational strategy. By setting clear, actionable goals, they can ensure that cybersecurity efforts are not isolated but seamlessly integrated into the heart of the organization. 

Transparent Communication 

Guiding an organization toward cybersecurity maturity needs a CISO who can communicate with clarity, honesty, and inspiration. They should foster a culture of open dialogue where every member of the organization understands their role in safeguarding critical assets. This transparency builds trust, enabling a collective commitment to cybersecurity excellence. 

We know a holistic cybersecurity strategy demands time and deep expertise. If you’re not sure where to begin, let Edge Networks simplify your cybersecurity journey. Our vCISO is here to streamline the process for you. Partner with us and tap into top-tier security leadership, turning challenges into collaborative solutions.  


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The Role of Cybersecurity Frameworks 

When it comes to cybersecurity maturity, having a structured framework to rely on ensures that organizations can navigate the complex realm of security with clarity and confidence. A skilled CISO recognizes the significance of aligning security efforts with broader business goals, using frameworks as a guide to harmonize security measures with the overall organizational strategy. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) serves as a great guide in establishing a solid cybersecurity program. This framework provides a comprehensive structure for managing and mitigating cybersecurity risks and can help meet various compliance requirements, including SOC2 and ISO frameworks. 

From NIST CSF to Compliance and Beyond 

What sets the NIST CSF apart is its versatility. Beyond its primary function of setting up a cybersecurity program, it seamlessly aligns with other compliance requirements.   

By emphasizing the core functions of Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover, and Govern, the NIST CSF serves as a roadmap for developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. Its flexibility ensures that it can be tailored to meet the unique needs of any organization. Whether you’re navigating the complexities of regulatory compliance or safeguarding against emerging threats, the NIST CSF provides a solid foundation to build on. 


Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance Platforms 

Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) play a pivotal role in improving cybersecurity maturity by providing a structured framework and holistic approach to managing and mitigating cybersecurity risks. 

Transitioning from traditional, spreadsheet-based cybersecurity management to a Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) model marks a significant leap forward in how organizations safeguard critical assets. GRC empowers them with a centralized, automated, and real-time monitoring solution that effectively enhances their ability to manage cybersecurity risks and compliance requirements. 

GRC serves as a strategic toolset that contributes to the overall cybersecurity posture of an organization in several key ways: 

  • Centralization and Consolidation: GRC activities are brought under one roof, streamlining operations and ensuring a cohesive approach to cybersecurity. This shift from scattered spreadsheets to a unified platform offers a holistic view of an organization’s cybersecurity posture. It streamlines operations, reduces redundancy, and seamlessly integrates all aspects of governance, risk, and compliance. 
  • Automation for Efficiency: Routine tasks are automated and more efficient, which frees up valuable resources for strategic initiatives. It minimizes the potential for human error, significantly improving the overall effectiveness of cybersecurity management efforts. 
  • Scalability: As organizations grow, so do their cybersecurity needs. A GRC platform is designed to scale alongside the organization’s expansion. This growth inevitably leads to increased complexity and volume of digital assets to protect. 
  • Real-time Monitoring: Immediate insights into the health of your cybersecurity posture enable timely responses to potential threats or vulnerabilities. This heightened responsiveness ensures potential risks are identified and addressed swiftly, minimizing potential damage and safeguarding critical assets. 
  • Advanced Reporting and Metrics: Clear, concise reporting provides a comprehensive view of progress and areas that may require additional attention. This enables stakeholders at all levels of the organization to grasp the current situation from the overall risk landscape to the effectiveness of specific security measures. 

Incorporating GRC into your cybersecurity strategy strengthens your compliance efforts and equips you with a dynamic toolset to effectively manage risks and level up your cybersecurity maturity.  


Strategic MSSP Partnerships for Enhanced Security 

As organizations strive to protect their digital assets and advance toward cybersecurity maturity, partnering with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) is a strategic move. MSSPs offer a wealth of resources and expertise, and their collaborative approach can be a game-changer in strengthening an organization’s defenses. There are many benefits of an MSSP partnership, such as: 

Industry Insights 

Partnering with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) can propel an organization toward establishing a strong cybersecurity program. Their industry insights, cultivated through years of hands-on experience, give organizations a crucial edge. They’re familiar with emerging attack vectors, tactics, and vulnerabilities that may not be apparent to others within the organization. 

Cutting-Edge Technologies 

MSSPs are at the forefront of adopting and deploying cutting-edge cybersecurity technologies. They’re on top of the latest advancements in threat detection, incident response, and security infrastructure, which ensures organizations benefit from the most up-to-date and effective tools in the fight against cyber threats. 

Incident Response  

MSSPs are equipped with reliable incident response plans and protocols. These established procedures, enhanced through real-world experiences, enable organizations to react promptly and decisively in the event of a cyber incident. This readiness significantly reduces a security breach’s potential impact and associated costs. 

Threat Detection 

MSSPs also excel in the realm of threat detection. Leveraging advanced tools, analytics, and threat intelligence, they continuously monitor for indicators of compromise and suspicious activities. This proactive approach allows for the early identification of potential threats, often intercepting attacks before they can inflict substantial harm. 

Customized Risk Assessments and Mitigation Strategies 

Every organization has its unique risk profile, influenced by factors such as industry, regulatory environment, and technology stack. MSSPs recognize this diversity and employ tailored risk assessments to pinpoint vulnerabilities specific to each organization. These assessments serve as the foundation for developing customized threat mitigation strategies. By addressing vulnerabilities in a targeted manner, organizations can maximize the effectiveness of their cybersecurity efforts. 

Enabling Growth and Adaptation 

As organizations grow and evolve, so do their cybersecurity needs. MSSPs have the flexibility and scalability to evolve alongside their clients. Whether expanding operations, integrating new technologies, or entering new markets, MSSPs ensure that the cybersecurity program remains aligned with organizational objectives. 

 By leveraging the MSSP’s industry insights, technological expertise, incident response capabilities, and customized risk assessments, organizations can strengthen their defenses and proactively navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape. 

Ensuring an Effective MSSP Collaboration 

Collaborating with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) is a strategic move, but its success hinges on careful planning and execution. To maximize the benefits of this partnership, organizations should adhere to a set of best practices: 

  1. Clearly Outline Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Transparency is essential in any successful collaboration. Clearly defining the objectives and expected outcomes of the MSSP partnership sets the stage for a unified vision. This clarity ensures that both parties are aligned and working towards a common goal. It also provides a clear benchmark against which progress can be measured. 
  1. Set Up Structured Communication Protocols: Establishing structured communication protocols ensures that information flows seamlessly between the organization and the MSSP. This includes regular status updates, incident reports, and strategic discussions. Clear lines of communication foster trust, enable quick decision-making and enhance the overall effectiveness of the cybersecurity program. 
  1. Regularly Review Performance Against SLAs: Service Level Agreements (SLAs) serve as the contractual framework for the MSSP partnership. They outline the expected level of service, response times, and performance metrics. Regularly reviewing performance against these agreed-upon benchmarks is crucial. It allows organizations to assess whether the MSSP is meeting expectations and provides an opportunity to address any areas for improvement. 
  1. Develop a Future-Focused Plan for Building In-House Capabilities: While an MSSP provides invaluable expertise and resources, organizations should also have a long-term strategy for building in-house cybersecurity capabilities. This forward-looking plan ensures that the organization progressively enhances its internal cybersecurity proficiency. It may involve hiring and training internal security personnel or gradually transitioning specific security functions in-house.

Organizations can optimize their collaboration with an MSSP by adhering to these best practices. This approach ensures that the partnership remains productive and aligned with organizational objectives and lays the groundwork for a cybersecurity program that can evolve and adapt alongside the organization’s growth. 


Transitioning to a Dedicated Security Team 

Recognizing when the time is right to establish an in-house security team is a critical milestone in an organization’s cybersecurity journey. Edge Networks is dedicated to guiding companies through this transition. We help identify key indicators that signal readiness, such as the complexity of security needs, the scale of operations, and the increasing volume of sensitive data being managed. These signs serve as clear markers that an internal security team is not only beneficial but essential for safeguarding the organization’s digital assets effectively.  

Building a cybersecurity team in-house requires a strategic roadmap. Just hiring someone and telling them you are now on the security team isn’t enough in 2023. Edge Networks will guide you through the process of identifying who to hire first, how to manage them, how to provide vision to them, and what they will be doing clearly with our “day in the life of” examples and standard operation procedures. 


Take the Next Step in Your Journey 

Achieving cybersecurity maturity takes effort and a strategic approach that goes beyond technical measures. From visionary leadership and strategic planning to adopting frameworks like NIST CSF and embracing GRC solutions, each step propels the journey. Collaborating with MSSPs unlocks industry insights and advanced technologies, strengthening defenses. Effective partnerships, guided by transparency and structured communication, pave the way for success.

As organizations evolve, so should their cybersecurity capabilities, whether through optimized MSSP collaborations or the establishment of a dedicated in-house security team, Edge Networks stands ready to navigate this shift strategically. Your organization’s cybersecurity maturity is our shared goal. Contact us today to learn more.

Edge Networks Named 2023 Global Award Winner by Clutch

Edge Networks Named 2023 Global Award Winner for Cybersecurity Services by Clutch

We are delighted to share the great news that Edge has been named a 2023 Global Award winner for Cybersecurity services by Clutch! Companies are selected based on their industry expertise and ability to deliver exceptional results. Clutch scores are calculated based on client feedback from comprehensive interviews and reviews published on Clutch. 

Our journey in cybersecurity has been one of continuous growth and dedication to simplifying cybersecurity for our clients. Our founder and CEO, Mark Tishenko, expressed his gratitude for the award: “We’re honored to be recognized by Clutch and our incredible clients for outstanding cybersecurity services. I’m extremely proud of our team for their hard work in earning us this award.”

A Note from the Clutch CEO:

Clutch CEO, Sonny Ganguly, shared a few thoughts on the award: “We are thrilled to showcase the incredible success of leading companies worldwide on our platform. Their dedication to delivering outstanding services has not only contributed to their own success but has also empowered countless clients to thrive. We aim to highlight this year’s industry frontrunners and facilitate connections for Clutch users seeking top-notch services tailored to their specific needs.”

Past Awards

This isn’t the first time Edge has been recognized. For the second year in a row, we celebrated our success with the UpCity Best of Washington Award, highlighting our commitment to enhancing our customers’ business resiliency. We’ve also been featured on Expertise.com and by Clutch as a top Cybersecurity Company.  

Thank You to Our Clients, Team, and Partners 

We extend our deepest gratitude to our clients for your trust and collaboration. Your feedback has been critical in earning these awards, and we look forward to continuing to enhance your cybersecurity posture in the face of evolving challenges. 

Equally deserving of recognition is the team at Edge. This achievement is a testament to our entire team’s hard work and commitment, from cybersecurity experts to administrative staff. 

To our partners, your trust and collaborative spirit have been vital in our growth and success. Together, we have strengthened our ability to navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape and provide innovative solutions that drive success. 

Partner With Edge

Are you looking for a cybersecurity partner that goes above and beyond? When you choose Edge, you gain access to a team of industry-leading professionals dedicated to swiftly resolving issues and providing tailored solutions. Contact us today to book a consultation. 

15 Steps to Align Your Cybersecurity Program with Your Company Mission

Mission Possible: How Cybersecurity Can Align with Your Company’s Mission

Improving your company’s cybersecurity program and maturity posture can be as simple as looking up. That is, looking up to the very top of your company’s strategic pyramid – your mission statement. Your company’s mission statement is placed at the top of its strategic pyramid to provide a clear, unifying purpose and direction for the organization. It serves as a constant reminder of why your company exists and ensures that all strategic initiatives and decisions are aligned with this overarching mission.

Cybersecurity should be integral to your company’s mission because it safeguards sensitive data, ensures compliance with laws and regulations, maintains trust, enables business continuity, minimizes financial risks, and supports your company’s overall objectives and growth. Neglecting cybersecurity can expose your company to significant risks and hinder its ability to achieve its mission and goals.

Therefore, as a cybersecurity professional and leader in your company, you should ask this important question: how does my company’s cybersecurity program align with my company’s mission? Answering that question requires looking into three other fundamental questions about the alignment of a company’s cybersecurity program and mission: 1) what does it mean, 2) why it is essential, and 3) how can it be done?


What Does it Mean to Align Your Company’s Cybersecurity Program with Your Mission?

First, let’s define what it means. Aligning your company’s cybersecurity program with your mission means integrating cybersecurity practices and strategies into your organization’s broader goals, values, and objectives. This alignment ensures that cybersecurity is not just an isolated technical function or concern but a fundamental and vital part of your company’s overall purpose, strategy, culture, operations, planning, and success.

In other words, it means ensuring that cybersecurity is embedded into the core of your company and directly impacts its success and sustainability.

What could this mean to your company in practical terms? Here is how the alignment of your company’s cybersecurity program and mission might look like in a real-world example scenario. This scenario assumes that your company is a financial services company. But even if your company is not in the financial services sector, the main concepts and takeaways would still broadly apply.

As a financial services company, your company’s mission could be: “To provide innovative and secure financial services to empower our customers’ financial well-being.”


Examples of Cybersecurity Measures that Could Align with Your Company Mission:

User-Centric Security: Your company places a strong emphasis on protecting customer data and financial information. This aligns with your mission by ensuring that security measures prioritize the well-being of your customers. This includes implementing multi-factor authentication, encryption, and secure access controls to safeguard customer accounts.

Continuous Education and Training: To empower customers with secure financial services, your company ensures that its employees receive ongoing cybersecurity training. Staff members are educated about the latest threats and vulnerabilities to help maintain a safe environment for customers.

Secure Product Development: When designing new financial products and services, cybersecurity is integrated into the development process. This alignment ensures that security is not an afterthought but an integral part of your mission. For example, a mobile banking app is built with security features like biometric authentication and data encryption.

Customer Engagement: Your company engages with customers to educate them about online security best practices. They provide tips on how to keep their financial information safe and encourage customers to report any suspicious activities. This engagement aligns with the mission to empower your customers in their financial well-being.

Incident Response: In the event of a security breach or cyberattack, your company has a well-defined incident response plan in place. This plan ensures rapid detection and mitigation of threats, minimizing potential harm to customers and their financial assets.

Compliance and Regulations: Your company proactively complies with cybersecurity regulations and standards relevant to the financial industry. This alignment with regulatory requirements ensures your company’s commitment to maintaining a secure financial environment for your customers.

Risk Management: Cybersecurity risk assessments are regularly conducted to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities. Mitigation strategies are put in place to align with your mission of providing secure financial services.

By aligning these cybersecurity measures with your mission, your company not only protects your customers but also demonstrates a commitment to their well-being, earning trust and confidence in the financial services your company provides. This alignment is crucial in maintaining your company’s reputation and competitiveness in the market.


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Why is it Essential to Align Your Company’s Cybersecurity Program with Its Mission?

Next, let’s look at why this alignment is essential to your company. Aligning your company’s cybersecurity program with its corporate mission is a strategic and essential approach for several compelling reasons. Here are some top considerations:

  • Protecting Critical Assets: Aligning cybersecurity with your company’s mission can safeguard critical assets, such as customer data, intellectual property, and operational infrastructure, which are most likely integral to achieving your corporate mission.
  • Risk Management: Alignment helps identify, assess, and mitigate cybersecurity risks that could hinder your company’s mission. This ensures that security considerations are woven into your company’s decision-making processes.
  • Compliance: Many industries have regulatory requirements related to cybersecurity. Aligning cybersecurity with your company’s mission ensures compliance with these regulations, preventing potential legal and financial repercussions.
  • Reputation and Trust: Maintaining strong cybersecurity practices can protect your company’s reputation and foster trust among customers, partners, and stakeholders, which can be crucial for achieving your corporate mission.
  • Innovation and Growth: Cybersecurity can support innovation and business growth by providing a secure environment for new projects and initiatives. Possessing robust security measures may enable your company to be more agile in pursuing your mission.
  • Cultural Integration: A cybersecurity-aware culture is a vital component of aligning cybersecurity with your company’s mission. It should help your employees and stakeholders understand the importance of security and incorporate it into their daily activities.
  • Strategic Decision-Making: Cybersecurity considerations should be part of your company’s strategic planning and decision-making processes. This alignment ensures that your company’s mission is not compromised by unforeseen or underestimated cybersecurity risks.
  • Resource Allocation: Aligning cybersecurity with your company’s mission requires allocating appropriate resources, in both budget and personnel, to effectively implement security measures and meet mission-related goals.
  • Competitive Advantage: Demonstrating a strong commitment to cybersecurity can be a competitive advantage for your company. Customers, partners, and investors are more likely to engage with and support your company by taking data security and privacy seriously, which can align with your company’s mission of growth or market leadership.
  • Business Continuity and Resiliency: Cyberattacks and data breaches can disrupt your business operations, resulting in financial losses. Aligning cybersecurity with your corporate mission can ensure business continuity and resiliency, even in the face of cyber threats.
  • Supporting Innovation: Innovation may be a core part of your company’s mission. A robust cybersecurity program can protect research and development efforts, intellectual property, and other innovative assets, enabling your company to continue advancing its mission through innovation.

In summary, aligning your company’s cybersecurity program with your corporate mission is essential as a matter of compliance, risk management, and safeguarding your company’s core values, objectives, and assets. It promotes resilience, trust, and a competitive advantage while enabling your company to fulfill its mission with confidence and integrity.


15 Steps to Align Your Cybersecurity Program with Your Company Mission

Having established the meaning of aligning your cybersecurity program with your company mission and why it is essential, let’s shift our focus to how this can be done. Here are some practical steps for your company to consider in making this achievement possible:

  1. Understand Your Company Mission: Start by thoroughly understanding your company’s mission, values, and strategic objectives. This will help you identify how cybersecurity can support and align with these goals.
  2. Establish a Security Culture: Promote a security-conscious culture by fostering awareness and education among employees. Everyone should understand how their actions impact your company’s mission and security.
  3. Identify Critical Assets: Identify the most critical assets that are essential for achieving your company’s mission. These could be data, intellectual property, systems, processes, or a combination of all of them.
  4. Conduct Risk Assessments: Conduct a thorough risk assessment to understand the specific threats and vulnerabilities that could affect these critical assets. This helps in aligning security efforts with mission-critical components.
  5. Develop Security Policies and Procedures: Develop security policies and procedures that support your mission and ensure that these are communicated and followed across your organization.
  6. Invest in the Right Technologies and Services: Invest in cybersecurity technologies and services that not only protect but also facilitate your company’s mission. For example, secure collaboration tools that enable remote work if your mission includes scalability and flexibility.
  7. Provide Regular Training and Awareness: Continuously educate employees about the importance of security in achieving your company’s mission. This includes cybersecurity training, awareness campaigns, and updates on the evolving threat landscape.
  8. Develop Incident Response Plan: Develop and test an incident response plan that addresses how your company will react to security incidents while minimizing disruption to the mission.
  9. Address Compliance and Regulations: Ensure that security practices align with relevant compliance requirements and regulations, especially if they pertain to your company’s industry or mission.
  10. Implement Monitoring and Reporting: Implement robust monitoring tools and reporting mechanisms to assess security posture regularly. These reports can be tailored to show how security supports your company’s mission.
  11. Collaborate and Communicate: Foster collaboration between your cybersecurity teams and other departments. Communication channels should be open to ensure that security initiatives support, rather than hinder, your company’s mission.
  12. Adapt and Evolve: Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field. The alignment with your company’s mission should be dynamic, allowing for continuous adaptation to new threats and technologies.
  13. Measure Progress: Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of cybersecurity initiatives in supporting your company’s mission. Regularly review and adjust strategies based on these metrics.
  14. Attain Executive Buy-In: Secure buy-in from the executive leadership team. When executive leadership supports the alignment of cybersecurity with your company’s mission, it becomes easier to implement security measures effectively.
  15. Implement Continuous Improvement: Encourage a culture of continuous improvement. Regularly review and enhance security practices to ensure they remain aligned with the evolving needs of your company’s mission.


Simplify Cybersecurity Program and Mission Alignment with a Strategic Partner

The above action list is long, comprehensive, and perhaps seemingly daunting. If your company lacks the resources to complete a significant portion of it or you are feeling overwhelmed by it – there is good news. Professional cybersecurity service firms, like Edge Networks, are available to assist you. Partnering with a strategic expert resource like Edge Networks makes it more possible for your company to accomplish the mission of aligning cybersecurity with your corporate mission. Contact us today to book a consultation.

Completing that mission starts with looking up to the top of your company’s strategic pyramid – your mission statement. From there, you and your team (which should consist of internal resources and third-party partners) can work to continuously address the important question of how your company’s cybersecurity program aligns with your company’s mission. It is a rewarding, fulfilling, and even exciting journey that is worth taking.


Cyber and Cider 2023 Event Recap

The History of Cyber and Cider

In October 2022, Edge Networks kicked off its first Cyber and Cider networking event right in the heart of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It just made sense – an October cybersecurity event complemented by locally crafted cider. So, of course, we tracked down a local cider company, catered light bites, and put together a panel of cybersecurity experts for a panel discussion and networking event.  

After a successful event, we decided to plan for round two the next year. This time, we knew we wanted to mix things up and put networking front and center. 

Cyber and Cider 2023 Recap

On a crisp October evening in the heart of Portland, cybersecurity enthusiasts and professionals gathered at Portland Cider House for an event that seamlessly integrated cybersecurity, networking, and a touch of local flavor.  

Cyber & Cider provided space for the local cybersecurity community to mingle and connect with like-minded individuals. Conversations flowed freely, ideas were exchanged, and relationships were built. The energy in the room was evidence that the cybersecurity network in the Portland metro area is thriving. 

We recognize that the cybersecurity landscape is ever-changing, often daunting, and always critical. But within that landscape lies a tremendous opportunity to build connections that empower, educate, and protect our community. That’s why we are deeply committed to hosting events like this one. 

Our vision for this event stemmed from a desire to build a resilient and dynamic cyber community. The Vancouver-Portland area is overflowing with potential, marked by innovative startups, tech-savvy individuals, and companies that are at the forefront of digital transformation. Cyber & Cider is designed to be a place where these various elements come together to strengthen our collective cybersecurity posture. 

The Future of Cyber and CIder

We believe that by gathering local professionals and enthusiasts in a relaxed, approachable setting, we break down the barriers that often silo knowledge and experience. Cybersecurity is a field that thrives on shared information and collaborative problem-solving, and our event aims to facilitate these interactions. Through this, we want to create a ripple effect – one that not only elevates the cybersecurity readiness of individual attendees and their organizations but also enhances the safety and security of our wider community.   

Furthermore, Cyber & Cider serves as a platform for showcasing the incredible talent and resources available right here in our backyard. It challenges the notion that one must look to Silicon Valley or other tech meccas for innovation and expertise. We have a booming tech landscape, and by highlighting local experts and companies, we reinforce the area’s status as a cybersecurity hub. 

In hosting Cyber & Cider, we are nurturing a community where novices can learn from seasoned professionals, organizations can find their next cybersecurity solution, and where everyone can enjoy the camaraderie that comes from shared challenges and triumphs. This event is more than just an annual gathering; it’s a cornerstone in building a cybersecurity ecosystem that’s robust, inclusive, and distinctly Pacific Northwest. 


A Heartfelt Thank-You

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Sumo Logic, Gage Technologies, and the Technology Association of Oregon played pivotal roles in making Cyber & Cider a resounding success. Their dedication to the cybersecurity community is evident in the knowledge and resources they provided, contributing significantly to the event’s impact. 

Cyber & Cider was a great reminder of the thriving cybersecurity community in the Portland metro area and emphasized the importance of collaboration and continuous learning in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity.

We’re so grateful for the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of our exceptional team in putting this event on. From the initial brainstorming sessions to the final moments of the event, their commitment and hard work played a key role in making this event a success.

Stay Tuned for Future Events!

In the coming months, you can expect even more engaging, interactive, and informative events from us at Edge Networks that will further strengthen the cybersecurity community in the Portland-metro area. If you’re interested in getting notified about our future events, we invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter below and follow us on LinkedIn to stay updated on upcoming events and what’s happening at Edge.

Once again, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated team for their unwavering efforts and to our attendees, sponsors, and the entire cybersecurity community for making Cyber & Cider 2023 a memorable and enriching experience. Your support fuels our determination to shape the future of cybersecurity, one event at a time. We can’t wait to see you at our upcoming events!
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Edge Networks Wins UpCity’s Best of Washington 2023 Award

Edge Networks Wins UpCity’s Best of Washington 2023 Award 

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Edge Networks has been honored with the UpCity Best of Washington Award. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to delivering top-notch cybersecurity solutions that enhance our customers’ business resiliency.  

In response to this achievement, Edge Networks Founder and CEO, Mark Tishenko says:

“A second year of recognition from UpCity is a second year of validation for our team’s hard work and dedication. Thank you for acknowledging our commitment to exceptional cybersecurity solutions.”  

Our success extends beyond the UpCity platform. We have also earned awards from Clutch and Expertise.com, which reinforce our position as a leading force in the cybersecurity landscape. 


Cybersecurity Simplified

Since our founding in 2006, we’ve been on a mission to make IT simple for our clients to manage. We’re built on a solution-driven approach, putting people first and backing them with the best technology out there. 

As we looked forward in how to continue to best serve our clients, we saw a glaring trend. Cyber threats are growing at a rapid pace, and organizations, regardless of size, struggle to effectively protect their data, their customers, and their bottom line. We decided to leverage our deep experience in IT and focus on creating a more secure world. Our mission now is simple – Simplify Cybersecurity. 

By focusing on risk identification and mitigation strategies, we empower our clients to safeguard their assets, strengthen their operations, and unlock sustainable growth opportunities. 


A Sincere Thank You to our Clients, Team, and Partners

We extend our deepest gratitude to our valued clients for their invaluable feedback and support throughout this journey. Your trust and collaboration have been instrumental in earning this award, and we are excited to continue enhancing your business resiliency in the face of evolving cybersecurity challenges.  

Simultaneously, none of this would be possible without the incredible dedication and expertise of our team members. From our cybersecurity experts to our administrative staff, everyone at Edge Networks plays a crucial role in delivering unparalleled service. Your hard work, passion, and relentless pursuit of excellence are the driving forces behind this achievement. We are immensely grateful for your commitment to our clients and our mission. 

Finally, we wanted to extend our sincere thanks to our valued partners who have supported us throughout this journey. Your trust and collaborative spirit have been instrumental in our growth and success. Together, we have strengthened our collective ability to navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape and provide innovative solutions that drive success. 


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Future Leaders Project: Thomas’ Cybersecurity Internship at Edge

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The Future Leaders Project

The Future Leaders Project is an initiative of Workforce Southwest Washington, Columbia River Economic Development Council and WSU Vancouver that seeks to connect students from historically marginalized communities with regional employers and provide them with tools to thrive as they prepare to enter the workforce. This initiative also ensures students are paid, gain experience, and receive additional mentorship, network, and professional development opportunities.

Edge Networks has had the privilege of participating in the Future Leaders Project numerous times since 2019. Past participants also include local businesses such as Columbia Bank, Port of Vancouver USA, Point North, YWCA Clark County, CREDC Economic Development, TwinStar Credit Union, and more.


Thomas’ Cybersecurity Experience at Edge Networks with the Future Leaders Project

Tell us about yourself! Who are you, and what fun things did you work on during your internship?

I’m Thomas Everett Haynes, a computer science student at WSU Vancouver. I have experience in cybersecurity software development, biological research, and video game development. Interning at Edge Networks this summer had me doing a wide range of work like automated cybersecurity testing, organizational training, and aggregating all that data for various uses.  


What helped you decide on Edge Networks?

Honestly, it was close. There are a lot of interesting and fast-paced tech companies in the area. What really finalized my decision was when I had an in-person meeting with Mark Tishenko, the founder and CEO, as part of the interview process. I am also a small business entrepreneur, and getting to talk and meet him brought up some great conversations about leadership, business philosophies, the best way to provide honest and outstanding value, and the importance of giving back to the community. I knew then that Edge was a place where someone could make a difference without working themselves to the bone.  


What unexpected thing did you learn from your internship?

You always learn so much from internships, but the little things you pick up from working with a group are, of course, expected. One thing that caught me off guard was a tool called Sumo Logic. The software gathers all kinds of data, like error logs or login attempts, and lets you configure customized dashboards for either a report or a continuous monitoring view. I used to work in web app development, making a cybersecurity dashboard, and it was amazing to see how far the field had come.  


Tell us about the skills you’ve learned and how they can help you in your career.

I came to Edge knowing a little about cybersecurity, having worked on some software in that field before. But this was a whole new angle to see things from. During my time here, I leveraged my experience with some scripting languages to automate various tasks and free up the time of more senior individuals. While this may seem trivial, it’s the perfect thing for someone in this position to do, as you constantly practice the fundamentals, cementing them in your skillset.  

A lot of the tasks seem simple and may be able to be done by hand, but in using tools like Python or PowerShell to automate reports and data aggregation, you can not just free up someone’s time now but hundreds of hours down the line. This is critically important, especially with something like cybersecurity. 


What’s next?

The future holds a lot for me. Currently, I am juggling many things: my entrepreneurial goals, school, and my family. More specifically, I am considering approaching Edge for employment beyond this internship, potentially something that could leverage my years of experience as a software developer—transitioning to being a part-time student or another arrangement that would allow me to continue my studies. The people I have worked with this summer are all outstanding. Anyone would be lucky to be part of such a team.  

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Thomas (standing in front) with some of our team at a company BBQ

Future Leaders Project | Alexis’ Experience

Alexis Cozart, the Cyber Analyst at Edge Networks, managed Thomas directly during his cybersecurity internship. We interviewed Alexis about the experience; here’s how it went:

What was your experience having an intern?

Thomas is a computer science student who interned for our cybersecurity team. He brought a fresh set of skills and perspective and was a proficient problem-solver.

Was there anything you learned in the process?

Throughout this experience, I gained valuable insights into effectively managing a part-time employee. Additionally, I honed the skill of identifying an individual’s strengths and strategically integrating them to meet our specific business needs. This process illuminated the importance of adaptability and resourcefulness in optimizing team dynamics and productivity.

Any advice for future students hoping to intern with the Future Leaders Project?

Absolutely! Firstly, identify an industry that genuinely ignites your passion. When you’re genuinely excited about the field, it fuels your motivation and determination. Secondly, approach the opportunity with an open mind and a genuine willingness to learn new things. Lastly, once you’ve found your stride, dive in and give it your all. This combination of passion, openness, and wholehearted effort will undoubtedly set you on a path to success with the Future Leaders Project.

Why should students interested in cybersecurity choose Edge for their internship?

Opting for an internship at Edge offers a unique advantage for students interested in cybersecurity. The atmosphere here is filled with people who not only excel in their roles but also have a genuine passion for mentoring and teaching. This sets the stage for a happy and healthy work environment that prioritizes learning and growth, leading to a fulfilling career in the cybersecurity field.  

To learn more about the Future Leaders Project, we recommend visiting the WSU Vancouver website here.

Future Leaders Project: Johnny’s Marketing Internship at Edge

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Workforce Southwest Washington’s Future Leaders Project

The Future Leaders Project is an initiative of Workforce Southwest Washington, Columbia River Economic Development Council and WSU Vancouver that seeks to connect students from historically marginalized communities with regional employers and provide them with tools to thrive as they prepare to enter the workforce. This initiative also ensures students are paid, gain experience, and receive additional mentorship, network, and professional development opportunities.

Edge Networks has had the privilege of participating in the Future Leaders Project numerous times since 2019. Past participants also include local businesses such as Columbia Bank, Port of Vancouver USA, Point North, YWCA Clark County, CREDC Economic Development, TwinStar Credit Union, and more.


Future Leaders Project | Johnny’s Marketing Internship

We interviewed Johnny to ask him about his marketing internship experience with Edge Networks; here’s how it went:


Tell us about yourself! Who are you, and what fun things did you work on during your internship?

My name is Jonathan Zacarias, but everyone knows me as Johnny. I am a WSU Vancouver student working towards a bachelor’s degree in marketing. I have an associate degree in machine tool technology but decided to return to school to pursue a new career.

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Edge Networks, where I learned various new skills. During my internship at Edge, I learned to navigate Google Analytics, became knowledgeable in Google Search Ads, edit webpages on WordPress, keep track of leads with HubSpot, and find potential leads with ZoomInfo.

During my internship at Edge, I learned many helpful marketing tools, including GA4, WordPress, HubSpot, and ZoomInfo. I even got my certification in Google Search Ads.

Looking back, I am grateful for all the valuable experiences I gained this summer. The opportunity to get real-world experience has also helped me understand some fundamental marketing principles more clearly. I am now looking forward to returning to school and taking classes that will help me with my career in the future.


What helped you decide on Edge Networks?

What ultimately made me choose Edge Networks was the office feeling. It is a completely different work environment from what I’m used to. I was debating between Edge and another small family-owned business. However, when I visited the other internship, they were still in the building stage, working from the shop where they made their products. There was no marketing or sales team and no one to learn from. Coming from a manufacturing background, I wanted to experience something different and broaden my experience.

With Edge Networks, I knew I would have the ability to work as a team and be mentored by someone. Being able to join in on meetings was also something I wanted to experience. Since the pandemic, many virtual meetings have become standard in the workplace. And with my past jobs being more hands-on and in-person, I needed to gain this skill. The internship has exceeded my expectations in this regard. By attending a meeting with the whole staff or a smaller one with a more focused agenda, each gave me the experience I sought, leaving me with the sensation that I made the right choice choosing Edge Networks to do my internship.


What unexpected thing did you learn from your Future Leaders Project internship?

I didn’t realize all the different resources that are used in marketing. Within the first few weeks of the internship, I got real-life experience of how the marketing funnel works, from prospecting to remarketing and then, inevitably, converting.


Tell us about the skills you’ve learned and how they can help you in your career.

I learned to adapt to various scenarios, the importance of communication in a teamwork environment, which they do well here at Edge, and that I enjoy the freedom to be creative. These newly acquired skills will help me tremendously as I head back to school, and I look forward to applying them.


What’s next?

As I finish my internship here with Edge, I’ll continue my studies at WSU Vancouver, for which I’m on track to finish by Winter of 2024. Upon graduation, I’ll explore my options and potentially return to Edge Networks! I truly enjoyed working here, and knowing that many WSUV graduates are already working here shows that it’s a great place to be.


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Photo of Johnny (Left), Whit (Right), and team volunteering at a local non-profit organization.

Future Leaders Project | Whit’s Experience Leading the Marketing Internship

Whit Maley, our Marketing Manager at Edge Networks, managed Johnny directly during his marketing internship. We interviewed Whit about the experience; here’s how it went:


How was your experience managing the internship?

Having an intern was a highly valuable learning experience for me. What’s fascinating is how much it enhances your grasp of your own role as you strive to educate another person. Only when you make an effort to articulate the intricacies of the job do you truly understand the level of involvement it requires.

Moreover, guiding someone along their professional and educational journey creates a sense of fulfillment. The privilege of sharing insights that go beyond formal education and the knowledge that you’re giving someone an advantage as they enter the workforce brings about a genuinely rewarding feeling.


Was there anything you learned in the process?

I learned more about my managing style. When you’re responsible for another person, you have to reflect more on yourself to be able to help them.


Any advice for future students hoping to intern with the Future Leaders Project?

I was fortunate to work with Johnny as my intern, and what was so great about him was his work ethic and ability to communicate. Those skills sound simple, but they’re not. So that’s my biggest advice. Be a good communicator. Actually, be an over-communicator and show up to work willing to get the job done.


Why should students interested in Marketing choose Edge Networks for their internship?

At Edge, you will be surrounded by people who want to root for you. People who only want to see you grow and succeed. Plus, in Johnny’s words, I’m “the best boss ever.” And that’s a direct quote.

To learn more about the Future Leaders Project, we recommend visiting the WSU Vancouver website here.

3 Skills You Need to Get Hired in Cybersecurity

In light of the recent wave of layoffs, we want to provide as much information as possible to help folks interested in tech/cybersecurity land their next cybersecurity job. (By the way, we’re hiring!)



1. For Cybersecurity Jobs, You Must Understand Ports and Protocols

Ports and Protocols are important concepts that relate to how networked devices communicate with each other. Understanding how these concepts work will help you to avoid sounding like Chicken Little running around yelling, “The sky is falling!” any time you see some activity. 

 A port is a virtual endpoint through which data is sent and received. Think of a port like a door or a gate that data passes through as it moves between devices on a network. Each port is assigned a unique number, which is used to identify the type of traffic allowed through that port. For example, port 80 is commonly used for HTTP traffic (i.e. web browsing), while port 22 is used for SSH traffic (i.e. secure shell connections).

 A protocol is a set of rules that dictate how data is exchanged between devices on a network. In cybersecurity, they determine how data is transmitted and secured. For example, the HTTPS protocol is used to send data securely over the web, while the SSH protocol is used to create secure connections between devices. 

Understanding different ports and protocols and how they relate to each other will enable you to determine what network activity is usual and what activity is unusual. From there, you can dive in and check for possible attacks or compromises.


#2: Read Cybersecurity News

One of the most common interview questions is, “What sources do you use to stay current with current cybersecurity news?” There are a lot of sites out there, but here are a few we recommend:

  1. Bleeping Computer – A casual source. But it can be a great way to stay engaged and interested in the content because it’s not jargon-heavy. They’re great at keeping their ear to the ground, so we recommend checking them out to keep updated with recent breaches, attacks, and exploits.
  2. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – CISA is excellent at providing specific technical details to handle new exploits and vulnerabilities as they arise.
  3. Forbes Cybersecurity – Forbes is a popular source of information, especially for less technical readers. Keeping up to date with cybersecurity news in Forbes is a great way to keep tabs on what information is being circulated that non-technical clients/staff may ask you for more information about.


#3: Be Familiar with Common Tools Used in Cybersecurity Jobs

Interviewers will likely ask you if you’re familiar with the tools they use at their company. Being able to confidently say, “Yes, I do know a bit about that tool.” will go a long way. When looking at a company’s job description, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the tools listed if you aren’t already familiar with them.

Sometimes, an interviewer may ask you what tools you’d recommend they implement at their company. To be prepared for this question, having suggestions for the following will set you up to crush this question:

  1. Antivirus
  2. Logging
  3. SIM Solution
  4. Phishing Simulations
  5. Vulnerability Scanning


You Have What it Takes When Searching for Cybersecurity Jobs

We hope these tips will help you explore cybersecurity jobs and find the one you’re looking for! If you have any questions about what to expect in the cybersecurity world, feel free to reach out to us with your questions.

Check out our Careers page to learn more about working at Edge Networks and the roles we’re currently searching to fill.

Cyber and Cider 2022 Event Recap: A Happy Hour for Local Professionals

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The Event

In November, Edge Networks held a happy hour for local professionals, generously sponsored by 1Password. We had the exciting opportunity to network with IT and Cybersecurity professionals, enjoy delicious bites and beverages, hear from a conversational panel of industry experts, and come away with tips, tricks, new connections, and a few freebies!

Say Ciao! catered some incredible light bites and beverages. Say Ciao! is a local catering company in Vancouver, WA, and one of our team’s favorite places to order our weekly lunch from. Mela Brewing Co, another great, local company here in Vancouver, provided delicious hard cider for our attendees.



The Panel

Our cybersecurity panel consisted of industry professionals from Edge Networks, Intel, and Realwear, and they covered important topics like phishing, security patches, password hygiene, MFA, and more. Missed out or interested in a refresher? Check out the full Cyber and Cider Panel Recap.  We also got to hear some great personal stories, recommendations, and advice from our panel.

We want to say a big thank you to our incredible panel for taking the time to share your insight, tips, and advice. There is so much we can learn from experts like you!


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Dan Pritzlaff

Director of Cybersecurity, 

Edge Networks

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Shola Adegboye

Security Researcher (FIPS Program Manager), Intel

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Mark Needham

NetSuite Administrator,


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Alexis Cozart, Moderator

Cybersecurity Analyst,

Edge Networks

Full Panel Recap

If you missed the event or just want a refresher, here’s the full video of our conversational panel. Check out our YouTube channel for more event highlights.


Special Thanks

We want to say a great, big thank you to all of our partners. From offering useful tools and resources, opening up your event space, providing excellent catering, sponsoring our event, and more, you have all contributed a great amount and without you this event would not have been as successful.



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