Chris Pridemore

Ostra Hires Chris Pridemore as Security Operations Manager

Ostra Hires Chris Pridemore as Security Operations Manager

Chris Pridemore

Ostra Cybersecurity, a leading provider of world-class cybersecurity solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, recently welcomed Chris Pridemore as Security Operations Manager.

In this new management role, Chris will help improve and expand Ostra’s existing Security Operations Center (SOC) to meet the needs of current and future clients as the company grows.

Chris brings over a decade of experience in IT systems infrastructure and cybersecurity to the operations side of the business. He has built successful cybersecurity programs in large enterprise environments with experience leading both Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) and SOC teams.

With this latest hire, Ostra was able to shift many of the day-to-day responsibilities for technology and security operations management to Chris, enabling Vice President Emad Bhatt to focus more heavily on Ostra’s IT Strategy, Roadmap, and Product Development priorities.

Adding a dedicated security operations leader further demonstrates Ostra’s resolve to protect more clients and scale its Diversified Managed Cybersecurity offerings. This hire comes on the heels of the recent unveiling of Ostra EncompassTM and Ostra ExtendTM, which are designed to meet the evolving needs of small and medium-sized businesses as well as the managed service providers (MSPs) and IT firms that serve them.

“Chris is a welcome addition as we continue to expand and mature our team of great people with the technical skills to stand between our clients and cyber threats,” Emad said. “His skill set will be pivotal as we protect an increasing number of clients while incorporating automation and highly scalable processes.”

With a focus on being the Trusted Cybersecurity Team for its clients and partners, Ostra’s market niche is ensuring that top-notch data security solutions are accessible for small and medium-sized businesses. Ostra’s Managed Cybersecurity offerings—combined with the service expertise of its channel partners— protect clients through best-in-class, multi-layered, and fully managed solutions.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. Chris has spent more than half his career as an Intelligence Analyst in the U.S. Army National Guard, earning an Army Commendation Medal in 2008. Over the years he progressed in various IT roles, including positions at IBM and Hays Companies. Most recently, he served as a Senior Security Analyst at Andersen Corporation before joining Ostra.

In his new position, Chris looks forward to drawing on his leadership skills and deep technical background to support Ostra’s mission. He said, “I am excited to do my part to proactively protect our clients’ systems and data, especially as Ostra continues to grow.”

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