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What Is a Network Operations Center? Who Needs It?

In the IT world, delivering strategic solutions on an outsourced basis meets two critical objectives for VARs, MSPs, MSSPs, systems integrators, IT consultants, agents and the like— more revenue and happier customers. Network operations center (NOC) services are becoming an increasingly important part of that service mix. What is a NOC? A network operations center […]

Overwatch Managed EDR Stops Malware from Propagating in Multiple End Client Environments

Just two letters separate the words managed versus un-managed endpoint detection and response (EDR). Yet, for IT and managed service providers (MSPs), the distinction can often be the difference between surviving or going out of business. We recently onboarded an Overwatch MSP partner who brought us several end clients for Overwatch Managed EDR. The MSP […]

High Wire Networks Named to MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs List for 2022

Sixth-Annual List & Research Identifies Leading Managed Security Service Providers Worldwide MSSP Alert, a CyberRisk Alliance resource, has named High Wire Networks to the Top 250 MSSPs list for 2022 (https://www.msspalert.com/top250). The list and research identify and honor the top MSSPs (managed security service providers) worldwide. The rankings are based on MSSP Alert’s 2022 readership […]

xdr, cybersecurity, SOC, SOCaaS

MSSP Advisory: How to Help Your Clients Respond to CISA’s “Shields Up” Warning

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine holds the potential for far-reaching economic and business impacts, including cybersecurity. The threat is serious enough that the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the “Shields Up” memorandum warning companies to beef up their security and continuity measures. Key CISA Advisory Steps for Organizations and Leadership Teams […]

Overwatch Cybersecurity

High Wire Networks Reports Record Revenue Gains in July for Managed Cybersecurity Division

MRR Up 22% Month over Month and Total Revenue Up 41% for Overwatch Managed Security Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), announced that High Wire Networks Inc.’s (“High Wire”) Overwatch Managed Security division reported a 22 percent increase in monthly recurring revenue (MRR) and a 41 percent boost in total contract […]

Cyber Insurance

Debunking Myths About Cyber Insurance

In a recent episode of our Cybersecurity Simplified podcast, we talked about how the risks of ransomware are becoming too high for some cyber insurance companies. But the ramifications of this trend extend well beyond ransomware to include all cyberthreats. That means we need to rethink our perceptions of cyber insurance and, most importantly, how […]

High Wire Networks Expands Global Technology Channel to Support System Integrators

David Hand Joins Company as Vice President of Global System Integrators Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI) announced today that High Wire Networks Inc. (“High Wire”) has expanded its global technology services channel to support Global Systems Integrators (GSIs). The Company also has named executive sales leader David Hand as Vice President […]

Human Trafficking

Overwatch Managed Security Joins Fight Against Child Trafficking

It’s a startling and sobering statistic: human trafficking worldwide has become a $150 billion a year industry with more than 40 million victims. Every year 300,000 children are sold by human traffickers. In the U.S. alone, 300 children are at risk of being sold and exploited every year. While the numbers are staggering and the […]

Spectrum Global Solutions Announces Agreement to Acquire Wholesale Voice and Data Network Services Provider with Nationwide Presence

Acquisition provides Spectrum with additional recurring revenue stream and nearly 200 channel partners. Boca Raton, FL, April 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spectrum Global Solutions, Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), a single-source provider of the next-generation communications network and professional services to telecommunications and enterprise markets, announces today the Company has formed SVC, […]

ExtraHop and High Wire Networks Team with SYNNEX to Deliver Managed Network Detection and Response

SYNNEX Will Serve as the MSP Technology Services Distributor for the Combined Overwatch and ExtraHop Reveal(x) 360 Managed Services Offering SEATTLE––MARCH 31, 2021––ExtraHop, the leader in cloud-native network detection and response, today announced it has signed an agreement with SYNNEX Corporation, a leading provider of distribution, systems design, and integration services for the technology industry, […]

High Wire Networks Partners With wekos to Deliver Overwatch 24/7 Cybersecurity Solutions

Leading Managed Services Provider Delivers Overwatch Managed Security Solution Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), announced today that High Wire Networks Inc. (“High Wire”) and its cybersecurity business unit, Overwatch Managed Security, has partnered with wekos, a leading provider of IT managed services, to distribute High Wire Network’s flagship Overwatch 24/7 […]

Spectrum Global Solutions Provides Update on Merger with High Wire Networks

SGSI Appoints Mark Porter as New CEO  Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), a single-source provider of next-generation communications network and professional services to telecommunications and enterprise markets, provides an update on the Company’s merger (the “Merger”) with High Wire Networks Inc. (“High Wire”) and announces the appointment of Mark Porter as […]

High Wire Networks Partners with ExtraHop to Deliver Managed Network Detection and Response

Overwatch Managed Security with Reveal(X) 360 Available Exclusively Through Overwatch and ExtraHop Sales Partners SEATTLE & BATAVIA, IL, Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), announced today that High Wire Networks Inc. (“High Wire”) and its cybersecurity business unit, Overwatch Managed Security, have partnered with ExtraHop, […]

Overwatch Cybersecurity

High Wire Networks and BKD Cyber Team Up to Deliver Overwatch 24/7 Managed Security Services to Companies Across the U.S.

Cybersecurity and IT Risk Consulting Firm Expands Advisory Services with Threat Detection and Response Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), announced today that High Wire Networks Inc. (“High Wire”) and its cybersecurity business unit, Overwatch Managed Security, has teamed up with BKD Cyber, the cybersecurity and IT risk consulting arm of BKD CPAs & […]

SOC, SOC 2, Secure Data Management

High Wire Networks Achieves SOC 2 Type 1 Certification, Taking Proactive Measures to Protect Client Data

Certification and Continuous Auditing Give Clients Assurances of Secure Data Storage and Management Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), announced today that High Wire Networks Inc. (“High Wire”) and its cybersecurity business unit, Overwatch Managed Security, have achieved SOC 2 Type 1 certification. SOC 2 is a technical audit that requires […]

High Wire networks

High Wire Networks Expands Through Merger Agreement

Merger Enhances Service Offerings With More Than 250 Technical Professionals On Staff Spectrum Global Solutions Inc. (the “Company” or “Spectrum”) (OTCQB: SGSI), a single-source provider of next-generation communications network and professional services to telecommunications and enterprise markets, announces today the Company’s entry into a definitive agreement of merger (the “Agreement”) with High Wire Networks Inc. […]

Overwatch Sales Referral Bonus is Back!

High Wire Networks Overwatch is bringing back its sales agent referral program! Send us qualified MSPs prospects! If they sign with us in 2021, you will get a percentage of their first year of sales per end customer. No limit on the number of customers. The more customers they close, the more money in your […]

cybersecurity simplified

The Cybersecurity Simplified Podcast

Cybersecurity Simplified aims to demystify cybersecurity and make it understandable to business people and partners who aren’t security experts. The podcast is: Short and digestible (15 min.), Easy to understand  (we promise, no technical jargon) Fun and exploratory (from the latest cyber crime to the newest AI solution) Join co-hosts CTO David Barton and Dir. […]

We’re Hiring a Solutions Architect

High Wire Networks is hiring a Solutions Architect to join our team of professionals. The ideal candidate possesses a high acumen in cable infrastructure, network infrastructure, Wi-Fi surveys, wireless deployments, and national/global technology rollouts.  As a Solutions Architect, you will partner with our internal Sales team, Business partners engineering/sales teams, and several other teams to […]

Global Command Center

High Wire Networks Global Command Center (GCC) is a flexible, cost-effective solution to your most complex business needs. Don’t get bogged down by the hour-by-hour logistics management. High Wire’s trusted team will do all the work behind the scenes to simplify your operations and take the complexity out of service delivery. We enable you to […]

High Wire Networks CEO Mark Porter Named Channel Chief of the Year by Channel Partner Insight

Channel Innovation Awards 2020 Celebrates MSP Leaders Advancing New Opportunities & Growth Mark Porter, President and CEO of High Wire Networks, a leading global technology systems integrator and managed cybersecurity solutions provider, has been named Channel Chief of the Year at the Channel Partner Insight (CPI) Channel Innovation Awards, which celebrate players in the managed […]

Best Practices on Emerging Security Technologies

By Travis Ray, Director of Channel Sales, Overwatch Managed Security For managed services providers (MSPs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs), adding or improving security tools in your stack is time-consuming and often challenging. The evaluation process can be overwhelming, and the final decision has a long-lasting impact. The choice is more difficult now than ever before, having to decide on the thousands of security tools in the […]

Reap What You Sow

High Wire continues to deliver networking and infrastructure solutions across the U.S., despite challenges brought on by the pandemic. Recently, a strategic valued-added reseller (VAR) partner asked High Wire to deploy technical field services at 600 government offices. This was a testament of the quality of services High Wire delivered to the same customer in […]

Overwatch Intelligence Video Surveillance (iVS) Detect and Respond Leads to Arrests in Attempted Burglary at Storage Facility

Nathan Shankland’s eyes were glued to his computer screen as he monitored video feeds from six hidden cameras surveilling a storage facility in Memphis, Tennessee.  Shankland recalls the time was 3:13 a.m. CDT on September 25 when Overwatch Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution (iVS) detected motion on the property. The management console, which leverages real-time artificial […]

Overwatch by High Wire Networks Named to MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs List for 2020

Fourth-Annual List Honors Leading MSSP, MDR and SOCaaS Cybersecurity Companies Worldwide CHICAGO – September 18, 2020 MSSP Alert, published by After Nines Inc., has named Overwatch Managed Security by High Wire Networks to the Top 250 MSSPs list for 2020 (http://www.msspalert.com/top250). The list and research identify and honor the top MSSPs, managed detection and response […]

High Wire Networks Names Anthony Sparber as Director of Front Line Maintenance

30-year Service Delivery and Operations Veteran Joins Leading Global Technical Services Firm to Augment On-demand Reactive Services High Wire Networks, a leading global technology systems integrator and managed cybersecurity solutions provider, announced today that Anthony Sparber, a service delivery expert with more than 30 years of operations, engineering and sales management experience, has joined the […]

High Wire Networks Adds XDR Expert and Cybersecurity Analyst as Technical Liaison to MSPs Delivering Overwatch Managed Security

Ryan Harrison Joins Overwatch Team as Senior Manager of Cybersecurity to Help MSPs Evaluate Threat Landscapes and Develop Cybersecurity Playbooks for Business Customers High Wire Networks, providers of the Overwatch Managed Security Platform-as-a-Service, announced today that cybersecurity technical expert Ryan Harrison has joined the company as Senior Manager of Cybersecurity for Overwatch. In his role, […]

You + Overwatch Equals Opportunity in Cybersecurity

If you’ve been in the technology channel a long time, you’ve seen a lot of business models. For years the prevailing go-to-market strategy for equipment makers and service providers has been channel-friendly, but vendor-centric. Channel-friendly, but Vendor-centric For the vendor, the indirect channel has been simply another route to market. To them, the channel is […]

High Wire Networks Teams with SYNNEX Corporation to Distribute Overwatch Managed Security to IT Solution Providers

Alliance Enables SYNNEX Partners to Deliver Holistic Security Services to Underserved Small and Medium Businesses High Wire Networks, a leading global technical field, professional and cybersecurity services company, today announced that it has teamed with SYNNEX Corporation, (NYSE: SNX), a leading business process services company, to distribute its Overwatch Managed Security solution through SYNNEX’ network, […]

Four Things to Help Develop an Agile Workforce

By Charles Hughes, Chief Operating Officer. This blog was published in CompTIA. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”—Vince Lombardi “A good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”—George Patton The first two installments of this blog series (Part 1, Part 2) described an agile workforce […]

Overwatch University: Get Security Smart for Free (Registration Links Below)

It’s no secret that the demand for cybersecurity expertise is high yet the talent pool remains low. That means security experts command top dollar. A career in security can mean a lucrative path from security analyst to information security manager with salaries ranging 15-20% higher than the average salary of an IT infrastructure analyst. These […]

High Wire Networks Taps Cybersecurity Expert David Barton as CTO for Overwatch Managed Security Platform-as-a-Service

20-Year IT Veteran to Ensure Platform Integrity, Serve as Trusted Technology Adviser to MSPs and Their Business Clients High Wire Networks, providers of the Overwatch Managed Security Platform-as-a-Service, announced today that cybersecurity expert David Barton has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In his role, Barton will have oversight of technology solutions and […]

High Wire Networks Names Charles Hughes as COO

20-year Operations Management Veteran Joins Leading Global Technical Services Firm CHICAGO – December 6, 2019 – High Wire Networks, a leading global technical field, professional and cybersecurity services company, announced today that Charles Hughes, an operations management and service delivery expert with more than 20 years of executive experience, has joined the company as Chief […]

High Wire Completes Network Upgrades at 800+ rural sites

The customer sites weren’t a hop, skip and jump away. Getting there required more than just a flight and rental car. High Wire field engineers, with the coordination of veteran project managers, navigated rough terrain, unpaved roads, and steep mountains to reach their destinations, totaling more than 800 locations. The impressive team worked tirelessly to […]

Overwatch Simplifies Cybersecurity

Overwatch Managed Security, High Wire’s security service, attended CompTIA’s annual convention, ChannelCon, August 5-7, 2019, in Las Vegas.  Josue Vargas, the Director of Security Operations, was featured on a podcast hosted by Don Witt from the Channel Daily News.  Here’s an excerpt of the interview.  How is High Wire Network’s relationship with CompTIA and what are some of the reasons why you attended Channelcon recently?   It’s all […]

Podcast: COMPTIA CHANNELCON – Special Feature

High Wire, a global service provider, delivers Overwatch full service cyber security to SMBs through their Channel Partners.

High Wire Networks’ Certified Ethical Hacker to Address State of Cybersecurity at ChannelCon 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE High Wire Networks’ Certified Ethical Hacker to Address State of Cybersecurity at ChannelCon 2019 Josue Vargas, Director of Security Operations, to Discuss the Challenge of Making Enterprise-class Cybersecurity Accessible to Businesses of All Sizes CHICAGO & LAS VEGAS – Aug. 5, 2019 – High Wire Networks, providers of the Overwatch Security Platform-as-a-Service, […]

Overwatch: MSSP Partner of the Year

High Wire Networks’ Overwatch Managed Security was awarded and named “Master MSSP Partner of the Year” at Seceon, Inc.’s  annual SecuRight Global Partners and Customers Summit in Devens, Massachussets. “We love our partnership with the High Wire Networks. They are extremely professional and passionate, empowering managed service providers with advocacy and experience coupled with solid […]

BLOG: Why you don’t want to miss this webinar

By: Stan Herring, Director of Product & Strategy I’m excited about the seminar because it’s an opportunity to share with our Partners in the managed security space, information based on observations from working with thousands of their customers each year. It is evident that the point solution approach to managed security has failed the service […]

High Wire Networks Powers up the “Nitro Brews”

High Wire Network’s long-standing customer who specializes in the retail space recently secured their first project with a large global coffee chain and brought our team in to complete the job. The project entailed providing electrical outlets to power new nitrogen infusion machines in over 100 locations across the Northeast and Midwest in a matter […]

High Wire Hires VP of Operations, Promotes Directors

High Wire Networks announced today, the appointment of Alan Burkhard as Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. In his role, he will oversee the expansive field operations and project management teams. Burkhard has spent more than two decades in the telecommunications and technology industry, starting as a dispatcher and working his way up to Chief […]

High Wire Featured in Kane County Chronicle

Great to see High Wire Networks recognized in today’s @KaneCountyChronicle newspaper. The story was posted online last week at: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2018/06/14/batavia-home-to-high-wire-networks-global-cybersecurity-service/a72uu8t/ Batavia home to High Wire Networks’ global cybersecurity service New operation to add jobs By RENEE TOMELLEmailFollow 5:30 am BATAVIA – High Wire Networks, a firm that enables next-generation technology for companies in 180 countries, […]

Catch of the day: 700 location seafood restaurant chain modernize phone services

High Wire Networks was selected for the deployment of a cloud based Unified Communications Solution to modernize communications at over 700 locations across the United States. Prior to this deployment, the restaurant chain relied on various telecom providers to operate the brand’s phone systems and communications networks. But it was important for them to streamline […]

Cloud Expert Joins Dynamic Sales Team

BATAVIA, IL, June 11, 2018:  We welcome Joe Barnas, High Wire Networks newest senior account executive. He brings more than 30 years of sales and sales management experience, specifically in the communications and IT industry, with a focus on Cloud, managed services, IaaS, networking, and consulting. In conjunction with the Company’s SOCaaS launch early next […]

High Wire Networks Nominated for Prestigious Award: Most Innovative Approach to Service Delivery

BATAVIA, IL, March 7, 2018:   High Wire Networks has been named as a finalist for a Field Service USA 2018 Best-In-Class Awards, for “innovative approach to service delivery” category.  As one of three finalists, President and CEO Mark Porter will present the Company’s innovations to all attendees and answer questions from the Advisory Board at […]

High Wire Networks Acquires Sole Source Cabling Operation Valued at Over $5 Million Annually

High Wire Networks is pleased to announce the acquisition of over $5 million in annual structured cable and infrastructure revenues from a global VAR focused on Fortune 500 Clients. Under the terms of the agreement, High Wire will assume the entire operation, including staff, and provide services on a sole source basis. The agreement allows […]

High Wire Networks Selected for Nationwide UC Room Deployment

High Wire Networks has been selected to partner with our rapidly growing Cloud based Unified Communications client on nationwide deployment of nearly 100 room systems. Rooms will vary from small “Huddle” rooms, to auditorium sized spaces capable of being subdivided. High Wire’s “Room in a Box” solution leveraging out of the box hardware compatible with […]

High Wire Networks 2017 Growth Continues

High Wire Networks announced today that 2017 growth in the technology division has exceeded 100% for the second consecutive year. The Company’s growth has come entirely organically for the past three years, and can be attributed to growth from existing accounts, as well as the addition of new ones. “We are extremely proud of the […]

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