Kicking Off Another Winning Year

The past year has been filled with wins here at SonicWall. We revamped our SecureFirst Partner Program, made important additions to the SonicWall family in Solutions Granted and Banyan, and triumphed in countless other ways. Perhaps most importantly, we continued to strive for excellence in all we do.

And this isn’t just us singing our own praises — plenty of others have taken note of all the great things happening at SonicWall, and our hard work has paid off. With that, we’re thrilled to announce the awards won by SonicWall and SonicWall leaders for an incredible job in 2023!

SonicWall Corporate Awards

Each year, the CRN Partner Program Guide is looked to by solution and service providers so they can determine which partner programs can provide them with not only the most robust product portfolios, but also the best incentives to help partners be successful. The most esteemed award a company can receive in this category is the 5-Star Award, and we’re happy to announce that SonicWall has been given the 5-Star Award in the 2024 CRN Partner Program Guide.

SonicWall was also named as a finalist in the SC Awards’ Best SME Security Solution category for our TZ Series next-generation firewalls (NGFWs). To cap things off, SonicWall was named to CRN’s 20 Coolest Network Security Companies of 2024 list.

CRN Channel Chiefs

Each year, CRN’s editorial staff names Channel Chiefs based on factors such as professional accomplishments, industry standing and sheer dedication to the channel partner community. This list is reserved for those leaders who are truly making an impact through excellent innovation and strategy in the channel. We’re over the moon to have three such individuals on our team here at SonicWall. Help us congratulate our CRN Channel Chiefs for 2024:

  • Jason Carter, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Michelle Ragusa-McBain, Global Channel Chief
  • Spencer Starkey, Vice President of Sales, EMEA

Michelle Ragusa-McBain

Along with being named a CRN Channel Chief, SonicWall’s Michelle Ragusa-McBain showed exactly why she’s our Global Channel Chief, earning enough awards to have a section of her own:

  • Channel Futures’ 2024 Circle of Excellence
  • Channel Futures’ 2024 Channel Influencer
  • CRN’s Woman of the Year Finalist
  • CRN’s Channel Madness Finalist

Way to go, Michelle!

Looking Ahead

Thank you to all SonicWall team members and partners for your contributions and incredible efforts this past year. Without you all, none of these awards would be possible. We hope to make 2024 even better than 2023, and we’re looking forward to continuing to celebrate our progress and one another!

Here’s to a great year ahead!

Four SonicWall Employees Featured on CRN’s 2023 Women of the Channel List

SonicWall is delighted to share that CRN has honored four SonicWall team members on its 2023 Women of the Channel List. SonicWall’s new Vice President of North American Channels Michelle Ragusa-McBain, Regional Channel Sales Director Elizabeth Reynolds, Senior Manager Inside Sales Carlien de Vries and Senior Product Marketing manager Sarah Choi were recognized for their incredible accomplishments in the IT channel.

“Honoring Michelle, Elizabeth, Carlien and Sarah is an indication of SonicWall’s continued commitment to our partner network and validates the depth of talent within our organization,” said SonicWall Chief Revenue Officer Jason Carter. “SonicWall’s channel leaders recognized by CRN exceed what’s expected in safeguarding partners, and they are devoted to providing partners with unmatched resources to help their businesses suceed.”

Every year, CRN recognizes women from vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations whose expertise and vision are leaving a noticeable and commendable mark on the technology industry.

The CRN 2023 Women of the Channel honorees bring their creativity, strategic thinking and leadership to bear in a variety of roles and responsibilities, but all are turning their unique talents toward driving success for their partners and customers. With this recognition, CRN honors these women for their unwavering dedication and commitment to furthering channel excellence.

By bringing innovative concepts, strategic business planning and comprehensive channel initiatives to life, these extraordinary women support partners and customers with exceptional leadership. CRN celebrates these women, who are so deserving of recognition, for their constant dedication to channel excellence.

“We are ecstatic to announce this year’s honorees and shine a light on these women for their significant achievements, knowing that what they’ve accomplished has paved the way for continued success within the IT channel,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The channel is stronger because of them, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.”

The 2023 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 8 at

SonicWall Earns 5-Star Rating in 2023 Partner Program Guide for the Seventh Straight Year

SonicWall is pleased to share that it has been recognized by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, with a prestigious 5-star rating in its 2023 Partner Program Guide. This marks the seventh straight year SonicWall has received this recognition, dating back to 2017.

CRN’s annual Partner Program Guide offers essential information to solution providers, such as managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators and strategic service providers as they explore technology manufacturers’ partner programs to find the vendors that will best support their business needs.

The 5-star rating is awarded to the companies that go above and beyond in their commitment to nurturing strong, profitable, successful channel partnerships.

“At SonicWall, we understand that our partners are critical to our success, and we work hard to ensure that they have the tools and support they need to be successful,” said SonicWall CRO Jason Carter. “By providing innovative, cost-effective security solutions and exceptional customer service, we help our partners deliver superior cybersecurity services to their customers and build lasting relationships. We welcome the recognition from CRN as we try to provide our partners with everything they need to succeed.”

For the channel partner community, a critical factor when assessing which IT manufacturers, service providers, and distributors to team with in building world-class technology solutions is the breadth and depth of the partner programs those companies offer. Strong elements such as financial incentives, sales and marketing assistance, training and certification, technical support, and more can set a vendor apart and play a key role in boosting partners’ long-term growth.

In the 2023 CRN Partner Program Guide, vendors were evaluated based on program requirements and offerings such as partner training and education, pre- and post-sales support, marketing programs and resources, technical support, and communication.

“In today’s world, the need for innovation is greater than ever,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Solution providers seek vendors that can keep pace with their developing business and evolving client needs. CRN’s 2023 Partner Program Guide delivers deep insight into the strengths of each program, spotlighting the vendors dedicated to supporting their partner community and pushing positive change throughout the IT channel.”

The 2023 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April 2023 issue of CRN and online at

Recognizing Outstanding Partner and Distributor Performance in 2022

SonicWall’s 2022 was truly exceptional with historic business growth. At the core of our successes are the key contributions from our partner community and distributors around the globe. They have done the extra work to help SonicWall achieve another phenomenal year. This dedicated group has worked tirelessly to safeguard our customers using SonicWall solutions to combat cybercrime and hold back multitudes of emerging threats. They have delivered SonicWall cybersecurity expertise, innovation and their own magic with unsurpassed customer service.

Among this accomplished group, there are many standouts. We have selected one partner per region from a large pool of nominees for each of these 15 awards. We made these selections based on factors like annual turnover, breadth of product portfolio, project success rate and excellent teamwork.

Award criteria and categories

SonicWall’s success relies on delivering highly efficient security solutions through its valued distributors and partners. It’s a delight to recognize these outstanding SonicWall SecureFirst Partners who offer world-class security services for organizations of all sizes. We are grateful for their loyalty, and this is our way of recognizing their outstanding work as the 2023 SonicWall Award Winners in the following categories:

  • Distributor of the Year
  • Partner of the Year (Silver, Gold, Platinum, DMR, NSP)
  • MSSP Partner of the Year
  • Enterprise Partner of the Year
  • Newcomer of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Public Sector Partner of the Year
  • Partner Sales Hero of the Year
  • Partner Technical Hero of the Year
  • Authorized Training Partner of the Year EMEA
  • EMEA Distributor of the Year

SonicWall extends its highest congratulations to all award winners and all partners. You have our sincere appreciation and deepest thanks for your exceptional work in 2022. We will make 2023 even better together!

“From our early days, SonicWall’s accomplishments have always been linked to the success of its esteemed partners and distributors,” said SonicWall CEO and President Bob VanKirk. “We are delighted to acknowledge our SonicWall SecureFirst partners who consistently deliver first-class security services to organizations of all sizes. We are extremely grateful and humbled by our global network of over 17,000 partners and distributors, and these awards recognize their outstanding work.”

We are pleased to announce the 2023 SonicWall Partner Award winners in the following categories:


United Kingdom



Eastern Europe







Netherlands & Belgium

India & SAARC


Greater China Region

Australia & New Zealand








Middle East


Find out how you can join our partner network and learn more about the SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program. For all details, click here.

SonicWall’s Jason Carter and Matt Brennan Earn 2023 CRN Channel Chief Recognition

SonicWall Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) Jason Carter and Vice President Americas Channel Sales Matt Brennan have been named to CRN’s 2023 Channel Chiefs list. Every year, CRN honors the IT channel executives who drive the channel success and evangelize the importance of channel partnerships within the IT industry.

“As we monitor and adjust to the economy and business dynamics, we recognize that we must consider those impacts on our partners, and how we can collectively address them together,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bob VanKirk. “To counter challenges with the economy, we’ve rolled out programs to our partners which deliver key cost-savings based upon our industry leading TCO. SonicWall is proud to be a 100% channel company and we’re grateful to CRN for recognizing our executive sales team, who tirelessly work to ensure our partners are successful today and into the future.”

The 2023 CRN Channel Chiefs were selected by the editorial staff based on their record of business innovation and dedication to the partner community. The 2023 accolade represents the top IT executives responsible for building a robust channel ecosystem.

“Once again, this year’s list gives well-deserved recognition to the IT Channel Chiefs who are dedicated to driving the channel agenda and advocating for the development of strong channel partnerships,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Under their exceptional leadership, influence and innovation, the IT channel vendor community continues to deliver solutions and services that meet the rapidly evolving needs of their solution provider partners and their customers.”

As CRO for SonicWall, Jason Carter is responsible for driving top-line sales across SonicWall’s global distribution network and oversees the teams, strategy and execution related to SonicWall’s global partner success.

Brennan drives the development of SonicWall’s NOAM channel efforts. He leads the implementation of the company’s modern channel strategy to build a sustainable competitive advantage for SonicWall’s partners.

CRN’s 2023 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2023 issue of CRN Magazine and online at

SonicWall’s Nicola Scheibe Recognized by CRN as One of 2022’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should

MILPITAS, Calif. — September 26, 2022 — SonicWall announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Sr. Director, Global Field Marketing Nicola Scheibe, as one of the IT channel’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should for 2022. This annual list honors the IT channel’s unsung heroes who work tirelessly to support channel partners, while rarely stepping into the spotlight.

CRN’s editorial team assembles this list every year based on feedback from solution providers and industry executives to identify behind-the-scenes channel players who help partners drive growth, innovation, and profit.

With her 15+ year experience in IT security, Scheibe is responsible for all direct field marketing activities, as well as any joint activities with partners and distributors across SonicWall’s global regions.

“Nicola is a perfect reflection of SonicWall’s commitment to our partner network, as she has built a strong channel team, managed the global roll-out of marketing campaigns to and through our channel partners and helped build SonicWall’s channel strategy,” said SonicWall Executive Vice President of Americas Channel Jason Carter “I am grateful to CRN for recognizing Nicola’s remarkable contributions. She has been an instrumental leader, and she has been integral in driving our channel expansion over the last several years.”

“We are thrilled to honor and recognize the extraordinary group included on this year’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list for their remarkable contributions to the channel and their partners,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “There are many talented and creative individuals working behind the scenes every day that contribute to channel growth and make game-changing decisions that impact partner success.”

CRN’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should spotlights some of the channel’s best and brightest people who may not be as visible as some channel chiefs or CEOs but are just as important to the partner community.

The 100 People You Don’t Know But Should will be featured in the October issue of CRN Magazine and can be found online at

Vote for SonicWall in Computing Security Awards 2022

SonicWall is excited to announce that the company has been selected as a finalist in several categories for the Computing Security Awards 2022. We are privileged to be included alongside other admired companies — a testament to the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our more than 17,000 global partners.

SonicWall was included in the finals of four categories:

  • Remote Monitoring Security Solution of the Year: SonicWall Capture Security Center
  • Security Hardware Solution of the Year: SonicWall NSa Firewall Series
  • New Security Hardware Product of the Year: SonicWall NSa Firewall Series
  • Web Application Firewall of the Year: SonicWall Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Voting is now open and ends Sept. 30, 2022. Please vote for SonicWall in each of the categories in which we are finalists. To access the Computing Security Awards 2022 portal, click here.

After entering your information in the predefined sections, you can vote for your favorite solution in each of the mentioned categories. Don’t forget to click the ‘Submit’ button. Only then will your answers be recorded. Please note that votes from personal email accounts, such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc., will not be counted.

Thank you in advance for voting for SonicWall.

SonicWall Earns 2022 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Honor

SonicWall is thrilled to share that CRN has named the company as one of the winners in the Enterprise Network Security category of the 2022 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Awards. This award honors the industry’s top technology vendors for success in providing high levels of satisfaction for channel partners through innovative products, services and partner programs — and SonicWall was rated as the top-performing channel provider for enterprise network security.

“As a 100% channel company, we remain completely committed to delivering our partners and customers with the absolute best products and support to face today’s increasingly complicated security challenges,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bob VanKirk. “We’re excited to be recognized by CRN, especially knowing that they celebrate best-in-class vendors that are committed to driving partner growth and demonstrating outstanding channel performance. SonicWall is uniquely positioned to help partners, including MSSPs, evolve and help facilitate their growth.”

The ARC Awards are based on an invitation-only research survey conducted by The Channel Company. Responses from 3,000 solution providers across North America were evaluated in this year’s survey, rating 82 vendor partners across four criteria: product innovation, support, partnership, and managed cloud services. Scores were awarded in 25 major product categories in technology areas that are critical to channel partner success.

SonicWall’s SecureFirst Partner Program and its industry-leading security products help partners and MSSPs exceed customer demands. More than 17,000 active SonicWall partners help protect our customers every day, and because of them SonicWall is one of the unquestioned leaders in the cybersecurity space.

“It’s our pleasure to honor vendors that consistently deliver top-performing products and services to establish and foster successful channel partner relationships,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO, The Channel Company. “In addition to highlighting our winners, CRN’s Annual Report Card Awards provide vendors with actionable feedback and insight into their current standing with partners that can be incorporated into their channel strategies in the future.”

Winners will be featured throughout The Channel Company’s XChange 2022 conference, taking place Aug. 21-23 in Denver, Colorado. Coverage of the CRN 2022 ARC results can be found online at and will be featured in the October 2022 issue of CRN Magazine.


2022 CRN Rising Female Star

SonicWall is thrilled to announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has chosen Danielle Dacey, Senior Sales Manager, for its 2022 Rising Female Stars list. This annual list honors 100 up-and-coming, dedicated, driven women who are leaving their mark and making a difference for solution providers throughout the IT channel.

Featuring a powerhouse list of nominees, hand-selected by the CRN editorial team based in large part on the recommendations from channel chiefs and other channel management executives across the industry, this third annual list of Rising Female Stars represents extraordinary women who are working hard to help their channel partners find success. These IT channel standouts demonstrate an aptitude for growing their respective channel partner programs and initiatives through a variety of disciplines, including marketing, channel program management and partner engagement, to name a few.

“CRN’s 2022 Rising Female Stars list highlights the women poised to become tomorrow’s channel leaders and luminaries who consistently demonstrate dedication to IT channel innovation and excellence. All of these women are helping to create a brighter future for the IT industry,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “On behalf of The Channel Company and CRN, I want to congratulate all of the honorees. The change these rising leaders are helping to enact today will define the IT channel for many years to come.”

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“Danielle is an incredible colleague, a hard worker and has an outstanding business acumen,” said Matt Brennan, Vice President, North America Channel Sales at SonicWall. “She’s respected by her colleagues and easy to work with and is an asset to the entire SonicWALL team. We’re pleased and proud that CRN has chosen to include her on its annual list of rising female stars.”

The 2022 list of Rising Female Stars will be featured online at starting July 25 and in a special July issue of CRN Magazine.

This award marks yet another earned by SonicWall who has been included in the following CRN 2022 Awards: Channel Chiefs, Women of the Channel, Security 100 and a 5-Star Rating Program Guide.

SonicWall Recognizes Partners, Distributors for Outstanding Performance in 2021

2021 was a banner year for SonicWall, and we owe a lot of our success to our partners and distributors in EMEA. This dedicated group has worked tirelessly to help safeguard our customers for well over a decade, leveraging SonicWall solutions and unmatched customer service to protect against the rising tide of cybercrime — and for this we offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Even among this highly accomplished group, however, a select few have distinguished themselves. Out of a wide pool of nominees, one partner per region was chosen in each category to be recognized for outstanding performance in 2021. These selections were made based on factors such as annual turnover, portfolio distribution, online activities, project success rate and certification level, along with their level of commitment and feedback from their team.

“SonicWall’s success has always been dependent on delivering highly efficient security solutions through its valued partners and distributors,” said SonicWall Vice President EMEA, Terry Greer-King. “We are thrilled to acknowledge these extraordinary SonicWall SecureFirst partners who provide world-class security services to organizations of all sizes. We value the loyal relationships we’ve built with our partners and customers – and these awards are one way to recognize their outstanding work.”

We are pleased to announce the FY2022 SonicWall Award winners in the following categories:

United Kingdom









Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

South Africa

Netherlands & Belgium


SonicWall offers our utmost congratulations to all the award recipients — along with our considerable thanks for your outstanding achievements in 2021. Together, we can make 2022 even more successful!

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