Patric Balmer has been appointed as its new managed security service provider (MSSP) lead for its cyber defence business.
Most recently, Balmer was NTT New Zealand cybersecurity GTM general manager.
Over a career spanning 24 years, Balmer has extensive experience in designing innovative and effective security solutions to government and private sector entities in New Zealand, providing a broad perspective on today's security challenges and tomorrow's security threats.
“I'm incredibly proud to be part of Spark's Cyber Defense Team, the capability within the team is one of a kind here in New Zealand,” Balmer says.
“The experienced team of specialised threat hunters combined with Sparks's unique threat intelligence platform provides the perfect ingredients for our new-to-market Managed Detection and Response services.
“Patric is dedicated to driving our managed security strategy to help our business customers implement strategies for their security operations to protect sensitive data, detect any imminent threats and respond accordingly,” Spark chief information security officer Josh Bahlman says.
“Patric brings a wealth of experience and credentials to the role and will undoubtedly help strengthen Spark's go-to-market in providing modern and innovative security services to New Zealand organisations.