James Earns 2023 SonicWall Partner Award

By Andy Portlock


Utilize Head of Managed Services, James Obank has recently been awarded with UK Partner Technical Hero of the Year award for his efforts and stand out performance in 2022.

We are proud to share that James has been recognised by SonicWall for his continued excellence in protecting clients in a challenging cyber threat landscape by earning this 2023 SonicWall Partner Award. The awards honor SonicWall partner organisations worldwide that have gone above and beyond delivering cybersecurity solutions to their customers.

“Over the years, we have built a great relationship with SonicWall” said James, “we look forward to growing this partnership in the years to come, as we work together to protect our customers from continuously evolving worldwide security threats.”

SonicWall has been honoring partners and distributors every year for more than a decade for their special contribution to protecting their customers from cybercriminals.

“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 organisations of all sises. We are extremely grateful and humbled by our global network of over 17,000 partners and distributors, and these awards recognise their outstanding work.”  

Three SonicWall SecureFirst partners were nominated in various categories in each region for outstanding performance throughout the past year. The partners were evaluated on portfolio distribution, online activities, project success rate and certification level. 

We are delighted that James has received this award in recognition of his hard work and commitment to the security of our clients” said Andy Portlock, Utilize Group Operations Director. “In a rapidly evolving threat landscape, it has never been more important to nurture outstanding technology partnerships such as the one we enjoy with SonicWall.” 

Congratulations James, on recognition well earned!


SonicWall delivers Boundless Cybersecurity for the hyper-distributed era in a work reality where everyone is remote, mobile and unsecure. SonicWall safeguards organisations mobilising for their new business normal with seamless protection that stops the most evasive cyberattacks across boundless exposure points and increasingly remote, mobile and cloud-enabled workforces. By knowing the unknown, providing real-time visibility and enabling breakthrough economics, SonicWall closes the cybersecurity business gap for enterprises, governments and SMBs worldwide. For more information, visit www.sonicwall.com or follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

Utilize Partner SonicWall - Technical Hero of the Year 2023 Signature (James Obank)

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