Zscaler channel chief jumps to security training vendor KnowBe4

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Zscaler channel chief jumps to security training vendor KnowBe4
Dilshan Sivalingam, KnowBe4

Security training vendor KnowBe4 has appointed channel veteran Dilshan Sivalingam as its new channel chief.

Appointed in December 2019, Sivalingam has been tasked with building the company’s Australian and New Zealand channels as part of the vendor’s global expansion plans. 

US-based KnowBe4 is a security awareness training provider that uses interactive simulations, tests, templates and more through an integrated platform. Some services include simulators for phishing attacks and ransomware, tests for weak passwords and spoofed domains, and a security awareness program builder.

Sivalingam told CRN he joined the company as he saw it as "an amazing opportunity" to work for an IT vendor that isn't necessarily conventional. 

"[Working for a company like KnowBe4] excited me, and made the decision to move to the company all the more warranted. I saw this as an amazing opportunity!" he said.

"This is really an exciting time, and I am truly humbled that the senior management at KnowBe4 have placed this opportunity in my hands. We are here to make a difference, educating organisations that they are all potential targets and helping them to understand the dangers, how they can protect themselves and their customers, by making smarter security decisions."

Sivalingam most recently was the global alliances and channels manager at cloud security vendor Zscaler, a role he held since 2017. He was Zscaler's first ANZ channel chief at the time, a pioneering role he'll reprise at KnowBe4.

Other career highlights include management roles at Enghouse Interactive, ShoreTel, CommUnifi and NEC Australia.

Updated 5:10pm 21 January 2020: added comments from Dilshan Sivalingam.

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