For the Third Consecutive Year: Difenda Wins Four Global InfoSec Awards

Difenda Wins ‘ Market Leader Microsoft Security Professional Services‘, ‘ Editor’s Choice Managed Extended Detection and Response (MxDR)’, ‘Cutting Edge OT Security‘ and ‘ Next Gen Vulnerability Management as a Service’ at the 11th Annual Global InfoSec Awards at #RSAC 2023. 

We are thrilled to announce that Difenda has been honored with not just one, but four prestigious Global InfoSec Awards at RSAC 2023.  

As a leading provider of cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions exclusively focused on Microsoft Security, we are proud to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in the industry. Our team of experts has worked tirelessly to develop innovative solutions that help our clients mitigate cyber risks, protect their data, and maintain the trust of their stakeholders. Winning these awards is a testament to our hard work and dedication, and we are excited to share this news with our clients, partners, and colleagues in the cybersecurity community.  

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at each of the four awards and what they mean for our company and our clients. 

Market Leader Microsoft Security Professional Services 

As a SecOps-as-a-Service organization focused on maximizing the investment our customers make in Microsoft Security we have a proven track record of success in the industry, demonstrating excellence in several key areas such as product innovation, diversity and customer support. 

Over 5 years ago we made the decision to go all in with Microsoft Security because we saw the value of their investment in cybersecurity. Today we are one of many MSSPs exclusively focused on the Microsoft Security portfolio. Difenda stands out from the crowd because we take a tailored approach to our services that meet our customers where they are on their cybersecurity journey.  

Security challenges are not one size fits all and the solutions shouldn’t be either. 

The Market Leader Microsoft Security Professional Services Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a company that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in Microsoft Security Services. This award honors a company that has made significant contributions to the industry by providing innovative and effective solutions that help customers maximize their Microsoft Security investment.  

The winner has a broad portfolio of solutions that address the evolving cybersecurity needs of their customers. This award recognizes Difenda as a trusted advisor and partner to their customers, providing valuable guidance and support to help them navigate their Microsoft Security landscape. 

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Editor’s Choice Managed Extended Detection and Response (MxDR) 

The Editor’s Choice Managed Extended Detection and Response (MxDR) InfoSec Award is presented to an MSSP that has demonstrated exceptional expertise and innovation in delivering effective cybersecurity solutions to its clients through the implementation of MxDR technology. 

Our MXDR service stands out in part because it is one of the first Microsoft Verified MXDR solutions and our customized approach. Difenda MXDR is a modular solution that allows customers to customize their security solutions and expand the potential of their security resources. We offer an enterprise-grade suite of managed threat detection and response services that unifies your people, processes, and technologies, guaranteeing that every interaction is safe and visible— breaking through visibility barriers for improved security resiliency.  

Difenda MXDR allows customers to simplify and consolidate their security processes with an integrated cybersecurity suite that leverages Azure Sentinel, Microsoft Defender, and any other Microsoft security services in use at the organization to provide proactive and ongoing protection. 

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Cutting Edge OT Security  

The InfoSec Award for Cutting Edge OT Security recognizes an MSSP that delivers an innovative and transformative operational technology security service to customers.   

Difenda was one of the first organizations to launch a managed service for operational technology: MXDR for OT. Difenda MXDR for OT offers a turn-key agentless extended detection and response (XDR) that is rapidly deployed, works with diverse endpoints, IoT, OT, and industrial control system (ICS) devices. 

Powered by Microsoft Defender for IoT, this service allows our customers to discover OT/ICS crown jewel assets and added visibility into their environment. This provides the organization with better information to make security use cases, enhance playbook development and make better decisions for security outcomes in their environment.  

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Next Gen Vulnerability Management as a Service 

The Next Gen Vulnerability Management as a Service Global InfoSec Award is presented to a company that has demonstrated exceptional innovation and expertise in providing cutting-edge vulnerability management solutions to its clients through a managed service model. 

Difenda AVM offers a strategic approach to vulnerability management that leverages machine learning, business intelligence, and real-time operational dashboards that allow security teams to focus and address true areas of risk. This award recognizes our ability to provide clients with a holistic and continuous approach to managing vulnerabilities across their entire IT infrastructure. 

We deliver comprehensive vulnerability management services, leveraging the latest technologies and Microsoft Security tools to help our clients identify and address vulnerabilities quickly and effectively. Difenda AVM is designed to streamline every core aspect of vulnerability management, including regular vulnerability scans, implementation of secure configuration standards, prioritized remediation of detected vulnerabilities, and deployment of operating system and software patches. 

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Market Leader Microsoft Security Professional Services 

Editor’s Choice Managed Extended Detection and Response (MxDR)

Cutting Edge OT Security  

Next Gen Vulnerability Management as a Service

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Megan Miller

Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.

With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Natasha Phanor

As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

Lisa Templeton

Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

Miranda McCurdy

Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

Juliana Zaremba

Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

Jeffry Jacob

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