CRN Recognizes Joy Beland of Summit 7 on the 2024 Women of the Channel List

    CRN recognizes Joy Beland of Summit 7 on the 2024 Women of the Channel list for her leadership in cybersecurity, partner strategy, and innovative training programs.

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    Summit 7, the leading cybersecurity service provider for the Defense Industrial Base, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Joy Beland to the Women of the Channel list for 2024. 

    Every year, CRN highlights women from vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations whose vision and leadership have a beneficial influence on the technology industry. The CRN 2024 Women of the Channel honorees are creative, strategic leaders who show ongoing commitment to using their skills to innovate and drive success for their partners and customers. 

    With this recognition, CRN honors these women leaders for their unwavering dedication and commitment to furthering channel excellence. 

    Joy Beland is a seasoned cybersecurity expert and VP of Partner Strategy and Cyber Education at Summit 7. With a specialization in innovative cybersecurity training and education, Joy holds certifications in Quality Technician Engineering (QTE), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Provisional Instructor (CMMC PI), and Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA). Known for her ability to create impactful training programs, Joy has over 8,000 LinkedIn followers and is respected in the cybersecurity community for her passion in promoting cybersecurity awareness. 

    Joy played a pivotal role in shaping Summit 7's partner strategy, spearheading the creation of the company's channel program. By deeply understanding the challenges faced by defense contractors, MSPs and MSSPs, she provides valuable resources and educational offerings that significantly elevated Summit 7’s visibility. Her layered approach to instruction, resources and strong partnerships addressed the needs of ecosystem stakeholders, from competing service providers to vendors, assessor firms, and consulting firms, culminating in the successful development of the partner program. 

    “Being named one of CRN's Women of the Channel for 2024 is an incredible honor,” said Joy Beland. “It's not just about me—it's a celebration of relationship integrity and championing the success of others, and I'm truly humbled to be part of this remarkable group of accomplished women. If you know me, you know how blessed I feel to wake up every day with such passion for the work I do. The impact of our work at Summit 7 for the Defense Industrial Base is far-reaching, and I am honored to collaborate with such dedicated professionals.” 

    “It is a great privilege to honor the remarkable achievements of these women leaders in the IT channel,” said Jennifer Follett, VP, U.S. Content and Executive Editor, CRN at The Channel Company. “Each woman on the list has demonstrated a deep commitment to innovation and leadership that advances their organizations and drives transformation and success across the IT channel.” 

    The 2024 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 13 at 

    About Summit 7 

    Summit 7 is a national leader in cybersecurity, compliance, and managed services for the Defense Industrial Base. Summit 7’s solutions have led the way in meeting compliance regulations for the DIB regarding CMMC, DFARS, NIST 800-171, ITAR, and CUI data. Summit 7 Systems is privately held and headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.

    About The Channel Company  

    The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end-users. Backed by over 40 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.  

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