Cyber Security

High Wire Networks Appoints Stephen LaMarche as COO

LaMarche to Oversee High Wire’s Fast-Growing, Global Managed IT Services Business Trusted by Multiple Fortune 100 Customers

High Wire Networks, Inc. (OTCQB: HWNI), a leading global provider of managed cybersecurity and IT enablement services, has appointed company director, Stephen LaMarche, to the position of chief operating officer.

LaMarche brings to the COO position more than 25 years of executive leadership for private and public companies, including extensive experience in operations management, product innovation, sales and marketing, finance and M&A.

LaMarche will oversee the operations of High Wire’s managed IT service offerings, including Overwatch by High Wire Networks™, the company’s managed cybersecurity business that has expanded by more than 400% to nearly 1,000 business customers over the past year. The company’s managed IT services are trusted by major high-profile channel partners and corporations operating worldwide, including multiple Fortune 100 companies.

Overwatch’s growth has been largely driven by the company’s innovative MSP partner program that has expanded to more than 200 channel partners globally, as well as the increasing demand for more effective and easier-to-manage cybersecurity solutions.

Underpinning this demand is the growing awareness of the benefits that can be derived from the operationalization of cybersecurity that creates a more efficient and capable security infrastructure. When properly implemented by High Wire’s cybersecurity experts, such operationalization results in a stronger security posture that is better able to address more advanced and continuously evolving cyberthreats.

“Stephen’s years of experience and extensive operational know-how makes him a great fit as COO and for taking our IT services and especially Overwatch to the next level,” stated High Wire president and CEO, Mark Porter. “As cyber threats become increasingly more complex, we are seeing more clients adding Overwatch to their existing managed service deployments as well as new channel partners looking for a trusted solution to offer their customers. Stephen’s appointment supports our growth strategy for meeting this growing demand.” 

High Wire’s channel partners and growing user base has embraced the company’s defense-in-depth strategy of incorporating the management of multiple Overwatch cybersecurity tools. This has resulted in customers significantly increasing their financial commitment following their initial engagement. High Wire is also seeing a growing trend of customers looking to combine their managed endpoint services and other tools into a singular cohesive solution, with this made possible through the integrative capabilities of Overwatch.

The comprehensive solution enables users to eliminate the noise and provide only high fidelity, high value alerts and incidents for review. As a subscription-based service, Overwatch requires no initial capital outlay and allows predictable costs to deploy, maintain and scale.

“I’m excited to join High Wire’s fantastic management team at this pivotal stage of the company’s growth and development, as demonstrated by the more than $19 million in backlog we are currently working to deploy for our customers,” stated LaMarche. “I see our Overwatch managed cybersecurity platform as being well positioned for further market expansion as we continue to engage leading MSP partners and advance our strong sales pipeline.”  

High Wire’s Overwatch platform addresses a global cybersecurity market that is projected to grow at a 13.4% CAGR to reach $376 billion by 2029. The company’s managed services address a global market that is expected to grow at a 13.8% CAGR to reach $680 billion by 2030.

Stephen LaMarche Bio
LaMarche has served a member of High Wire’s board of directors since August 2021. He previously served as CEO of Unified Technologies, a full-service managed IT, VoIP and Global Top 100 cloud services provider before it was acquired by DSCI, a leading hosted UCaaS VoIP carrier. He led the sale of Unified and its integration with DSCI, and became senior vice president of business development and IT services for DSCI’s newly formed managed IT services operating unit.

DSCI was eventually acquired by TPx Communications (formerly TelePacific), a provider of managed IT, cloud-based security and VoIP solutions. LaMarche led the merger and integration and was appointed senior vice president of products and business development. In this role, he managed TPx’s growth strategy, sales team, product management, rebranding, marketing, sales training, operations and account management.  

LaMarche earlier served as vice president of sales for Diamond USA, a global manufacturer of high precision fiber optic tools and equipment, where he increased sales by 18% year over year and built key relationships with Ciena and NASA Engineering.

Before Diamond, he served as vice president of sales at CBL Systems, a designer and manufacturer of fiber optic network communications equipment, and was vice president of sales and marketing at VNCI, a provider of real-time video network communication solutions.

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