With high-visibility cyberattacks like the SolarWinds hack making headlines, IT security has remained one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry – if not the fastest. While sales of some IT products declined in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty, demand for IT security technology and solutions has remained strong – and even increased as businesses and organizations have sought ways to provide IT security for millions of people working from home.
With cybersecurity technology companies highly reliant on their solution provider partners to deploy their products and provide customers with service, support and expertise, security vendors have continued to expand and improve their channel partner programs, offering partners the support, resources and incentives they need to be successful as the economy rebounds in 2021.
The CRN 2021 Partner Program Guide offers the information solution providers need to evaluate the channel programs operated by the IT vendors they work with or are considering partnering with. The guide is based on detailed applications submitted by vendors – more than 275 this year – outlining all aspects of their partner programs.
As part of the Partner Program Guide, CRN designates some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs because they provide the most comprehensive lineups of incentives, training, services and benefits.
Here we provide snapshots of the 5-Star designees in the IT security space. Details of every vendor’s partner program can be found at https://www.crn.com/partner-program-guide/ppg2021.htm.
Other slide shows in the 5-Star Partner Program Guide series running this week will include companies that provide products and services for systems and data centers, cloud platforms and infrastructure, networking and unified communications, software, devices and peripherals, and data storage and backup. While many companies provide products and services that span multiple technologies, we’ve assigned each vendor to the slide show for the technology category in which they are most prominent.