WithSecure™ announces partner award winners at first-ever SPHERE co-security unconference

Press Release  |  June 2, 2022

Atea, Metsys, and iOCO earn awards for exemplifying the value of good partnership in security.

Helsinki, Finland – June 2, 2022: Cyber security provider WithSecure™, formerly F-Secure Business, has announced Atea, Metsys, and iOCO as winners of its fourth annual Partner Awards for business security. The awards were announced at the first-ever SPHERE – a co-security un-conference held in Helsinki, Finland on June 1st and 2nd – in recognition of extraordinary achievements made by WithSecure™ partners in 2021.

Successful, mutually beneficial partnerships are at the core of the WithSecure™ brand. Partnerships with the company’s ten largest resellers have lasted for an average of 17 years, and hundreds of the company’s valued partners gathered in Helsinki to join the inaugural SPHERE event.

“No one person or thing can solve every cyber security problem alone. This is a lesson we’ve learned over the last three decades by working with the best partners in the world,” said Juha Kivikoski, Executive Vice President of Business Security at WithSecure™. “We’re thrilled to honor these nominees who typify the excellence that’s possible when we live up to the promise of good partnership.”

The winners are:

Atea (Finland) for Best Performance. The Best Performance award is for partners that have a long-term relationship with WithSecure™, performing in all areas, sales, growth, & commitment. Other nominees included Sky (Japan) and OCI Group (France).

Statement from Pasi Sairanen, Director, Digital Workplace at Atea Finland:

"For more than two decades, Atea and WithSecure have been working together, living the value of good partnership. The relationship began in the early days of corporate endpoint protection, providing the best protection available through licenses and individual products. As customers’ needs advanced so have our joint offerings. Now we’re proud to offer the entire Elements portfolio and delivering the exact services businesses need through a mutually beneficial model that we know is designed to last, like our partnership.”

Metsys (France) for MSP Partner of the Year. The MSP Partner award recognizes partners that thrive by offering managed services through flexible, subscription-based model that delivers high-value services with success proven by sales, growth, and creative deployments. Other nominees included Upheads (Norway) and IT-Onnet (Germany).

Statement from Nicolas Verdier, SOC & CISO of Metsys:

“Nothing is more important to Metsys than winning our customers’ trust as we aid them in their digital transformation. WithSecure’s managed services and the expert support that come with them have played a crucial role as we’ve worked every day to achieve this goal. The local agencies we work with love the flexibility that the Elements technology offers and they treasure WithSecure’s European DNA that’s the foundation of a rock solid reputation. Together, we’ve forged the pathway for success and we look forward to seeing what we can do next.”

iOCO (South Africa) for Growth Partner of the Year. The Growth Partner award is for partners that performed exceptionally well in growing new sales or managed service sales. Other nominees included Valtti (Finland) and LisenseIT (Benelux).

Statement from Richard Vester, Managing Director – UK & Europe at iOCO: 

“iOCO has seen phenomenal growth offering WithSecure’s portfolio to customers across all major industries throughout South Africa. Our active team of sales and technical professionals works in close collaboration with Withsecure’s pros to offer unmatched levels of partnership management and support. The relationship between WithSecure and iOCO is even more critical during a time when cyber security has become one of the biggest issues businesses face today. This partnership is a non-negotiable for us.”

Find out more about WithSecure’s approach for successful partnerships here: https://www.withsecure.com/en/partners/partner-offering.


WithSecure™ media relations
Adam Pilkey

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WithSecure™, formerly F-Secure Business, is cyber security’s reliable partner. IT service providers, MSSPs and businesses – along with the largest financial institutions, manufacturers, and thousands of the world’s most advanced communications and technology providers – trust us for outcome-based cyber security that protects and enables their operations.

Our AI-driven protection secures endpoints and cloud collaboration, and our intelligent detection and response are powered by experts who identify business risks by proactively hunting for threats and confronting live attacks. Our consultants partner with enterprises and tech challengers to build resilience through evidence-based security advice. With more than 30 years of experience in building technology that meets business objectives, we’ve built our portfolio to grow with our partners through flexible commercial models.

WithSecure™ Corporation was founded in 1988, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.