CRN Exclusive: SonicWall Hires Former VMware Exec As First Chief Security Officer

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Crosswell said she has four main areas she will look to start investing in "right away" at SonicWall. First, she said she will look to invest in SonicWall's internal security systems, including around its infrastructure, cloud, and governance, risk and compliance.

Second, Crosswell said she will prioritize recruiting and retaining top security talent. Her plan includes hiring and promoting from within, partnering with higher education, and focusing on hiring returning military personnel. She said SonicWall has already executed on the latter of those aims, making its first hire from the military since she came on board.

Third, Croswell said she will look to enable sales and marketing. As CSO, Crosswell said she brings a customer point of view on how to best sell and market the company's technology to other security leaders. Finally, she said she will focus on security compliance.

SonicWall Vice President of Worldwide Sales Steve Pataky said Croswell's experience and new role will help the company build out its professional services practice, as well as enable the channel with new products, services, and routes to market. Pataky said he expects Croswell will have a "material impact" on its ability to bring those capabilities to the channel.

"I think [Crosswell] will be an essential component of our overall leadership team," Pataky said. "Just like anything, it comes back to being a 100 percent channel company." 

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