STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackStratus, a leading provider of security and compliance technology tailored for both SMBs and large enterprises, announced today that it has selected Charles Johnson as the Director of its new Security Operations Center (SOC) located in Stamford, Conn. Johnson's appointment comes on the heels of the recent grand opening of BlackStratus' new Stamford office, which is dedicated to its CYBERShark service; a new cloud-based Security-as-a-Service tailored to fill the huge security and compliance void in the SMB market. Reporting to BlackStratus' Chief Security Officer, Mike Maxwell, Johnson is responsible for the entire operation, including hiring support staff to strategic planning meetings with clients, of the new SOC.
As the SOC Director, Johnson oversees the development of the SOC, from sourcing the talent and developing them to building out the process and procedures necessary to deliver a professional, streamlined service which monitors BlackStratus' partner networks to identify incidents and provide valuable, pragmatic security remediation information. Before arriving at BlackStratus, Johnson spent 20 years at Schenker, Inc., where his career started as a network engineer and would eventually culminate in a senior management position in a dual role as the Director of Infrastructure Systems & Service Delivery and Regional Information Security Officer. Prior to his multiple roles at Schenker, Johnson served several years in the U.S. Marine Corps' S2 (Intelligence) Group.
"Charles is a very important addition to our management team and to the global operations of our new Security Operations Center that will handle the majority of services for our recently launched CYBERShark platform," said Dale Cline, CEO of BlackStratus.
Johnson's additional responsibilities as the Director of the SOC include managing and maintaining compliance with relevant security requirements; managing and maintaining relationships/partnership with customers, suppliers and stakeholders; providing leadership for a globally dispersed team of security professionals; providing security advice and direction to customers and partners, and delivering mitigation controls and incident response to BlackStratus' customers.
"I'm thrilled to join an organization like BlackStratus that is at the crux of cyber security and compliance activities affecting every size business and government agency," said Charles Johnson. "A majority of small to midsize businesses today are onshoring their network security and compliance services to Managed Service Providers and cyber security vendors like BlackStratus, which is why our new CYBERShark and Security Operations Center play such a pivotal role in monitoring and reporting any suspicious activities identified on our clients' networks."
BlackStratus is a pioneer of trusted security and compliance solutions deployed and operated on premise, in the cloud or "as a Service'' by providers of all sizes, government agencies and individual enterprises. Through patented multitenant security information and event management (SIEM) technology, BlackStratus delivers unparalleled security visibility, prevents downtime and achieves and maintains compliant operations at a lower cost to operate. BlackStratus is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, and protects millions of devices and thousands of businesses worldwide.
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