Thursday, 30 June 2022 14:53

Bitdefender adds two execs to ANZ enterprise business group

Bitdefender ANZ regional director Kevin Dyson Bitdefender ANZ regional director Kevin Dyson

Security vendor Bitdefender has appointed Kevin Dyson to the role of ANZ regional director, and Greg Ryan to the role of regional sales director.

"Kevin and Greg are seasoned professionals who understand the Australian and New Zealand markets, the unique challenges organisations in the region face, and how to position Bitdefender's business security solutions to meet their needs and increase cyber resilience," said Bitdefender president and business solutions group general manager Steve Kelley.

"I'm confident they will continue to build our reputation as one of the world's most trusted cybersecurity companies while expanding the range of enterprises and organisations benefitting from our innovations in threat prevention, detection and response technologies."

Dyson joins Bitdefender from Virtual Vendors, where he was a partner.

He previously worked as ANZ general manager at Domo, ANZ sales director at Intelligent Business Processing, South Pacific vice president at Fortinet, ANZ sales manager at Check Point, and ANZ head of business mobility at Nokia.

Earlier in his career he held sales roles at BMC Software and Multimedia Asia Pacific.

Dyson studied English and English literature at La Trobe University.

"We're committed to building more awareness of the enterprise capabilities of Bitdefender in the ANZ region," he said.

"CISOs, and security teams struggle to keep up with the constantly changing threat landscape, supply chain security issues, and threats like ransomware. Bitdefender solutions are recognised by top third party tests like MITRE, AV-TEST and AV-Comparatives, as well as industry leading analyst firms for efficacy in detection and prevention, but also for ease of use and deployment, which are important to mid-sized and smaller organisations that make up the vast majority of the A/NZ market."


Ryan also joins Bitdefender form Virtual Vendors, where he was managing partner.

He previously worked as chief revenue officer at Cloudstaff, strategic account director at both Domo and FireEye, senior account director at Veritas, and as director of Wipro's ANZ global service provider business.

Earlier in his career, Ryan worked in marketing roles at Kaz and IBM, and was a group product manager at Telstra.

He holds a postgraduate qualification from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

"Bitdefender managed detection and response (MDR) offering is one of the best on the market and tailored for mid-sized organisations, such as those in the education, healthcare, local government and fintech/financial services markets who often have limited on-site security resources," Ryan said.

"Globally, we have seen growing adoption of Bitdefender MDR in these verticals, and believe that we can replicate this success here as well. I'm excited to join Bitdefender and help solve critical cybersecurity challenges A/NZ businesses continue to face."

He added "In the face of skill shortages and rising wages, one of the most practical and cost-effective ways that small and mid-market organisations can augment their security posture is by leveraging MSPs. In my view, Bitdefender has strong MSP partnerships with solutions designed to help MSPs quickly get their customers up and running with Bitdefender cybersecurity solutions. I'm looking forward to continuing to grow our MSP business here in the region."

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