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CRN’s 2023 Women of the Channel Honors Three Channel Leaders from Binary Defense

May 8, 2023

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Emily Cadwallader


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Cleveland, OH, May 8th , 2023 — Binary Defense, the leading Managed Detection and Response (“MDR”) and enterprise defense provider, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Sharon Baechtle, Vice President of Channel Sales, Abbey Valentine-Milko, Channel Account Manager – Regional East, and Emily Cadwallader, Channel Marketing Manager, to the Women of the Channel list for 2023. Every year, CRN recognizes women from vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations whose expertise and vision are leaving a noticeable and commendable mark on the technology industry. 

The CRN 2023 Women of the Channel honorees bring their creativity, strategic thinking, and leadership to bear in a variety of roles and responsibilities, turning their unique talents toward driving success for their partners and customers. With this recognition, CRN honors these women for their unwavering dedication and commitment to furthering channel excellence.  

Sharon Baechtle, VP Channel Sales, is an industry leader with over 18 years of cybersecurity sales and infrastructure experience. Sharon brings her experience and passion for cybersecurity to build and develop partnerships that support Binary Defense’s GTM sales strategy. Among her many achievements, Sharon launched Binary Defense’s new Shield Partner Program, and developed the Growth to Success Onboarding process to effectively integrate and enable Channel Partners. 

Abbey Valentine-Milko, Channel Account Manager, has a demonstrated history of building and driving successful partnerships with Binary Defense. She has secured MSSP partnerships with leading global organizations. Her top priority at Binary Defense is to engage and enable strategic partners to grow revenue as part of the Company’s Shield Partner Program. 

Emily Cadwallader, Channel Marketing Manager, has over eight years of experience in B2B marketing strategy, branding, and partner development. Emily drives strategic marketing campaigns, including relationship building, partner portal user experience, event coordination and demand generation for Binary Defense partners to enhance Binary Defense Marketing Programs.  

“We are ecstatic to announce this year’s honorees and shine a light on these women for their significant achievements, knowing that what they’ve accomplished has paved the way for continued success within the IT channel,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The channel is stronger because of them, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.”  

“We are honored to receive this distinguished recognition from CRN for our talented Channel Partner Team,” said Bob Meindl, CEO of Binary Defense. “Sharon, Abbey and Emily are exemplary business leaders, and they play a critical role in our company’s efforts to build strong partnerships that ultimately advance our client’s security posture to a more secure and strategic level. At Binary Defense, we believe the right partner is the best defense, and we pride ourselves on developing strong relationships with our partners that will lead to better service delivery and more robust protection for the world’s top businesses.” 

The 2023 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 8 at

About Binary Defense 

Binary Defense is a Managed Detection and Response service provider and software developer with a Managed Open XDR model covering endpoint, network, cloud, and other log sources to supply high-fidelity threat detections. When paired with its advanced Threat Hunting, Counterintelligence, Digital Risk Protection, and Incident Response services, the company offers a comprehensive enterprise defense portfolio. Binary Defense demonstrates conclusive proof of superior capabilities in detecting intruder activity and this rapid detection combined with expert analysis and response decreases cyber risk for businesses.  

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 more than 30 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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Natalie Lewis 

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About Binary Defense

Binary Defense is a trusted leader in security operations, supporting companies of all sizes to proactively monitor, detect and respond to cyberattacks. The company offers a personalized Open XDR approach to Managed Detection and Response, advanced Threat Hunting, Digital Risk Protection, Phishing Response, and Incident Response services, helping customers mature their security program efficiently and effectively based on their unique risks and business needs.

With a world-class 24/7 SOC, deep domain expertise in cyber, and sophisticated technology, hundreds of companies across every industry have entrusted Binary Defense to protect their business. Binary Defense gives companies actionable insights within minutes not hours, the confidence in their program to be resilient to ever-changing threats, and the time back that matters most to their business. Binary Defense is also the Trusted Cybersecurity Partner of the Cleveland Browns and partners with PGA TOUR players. For more information, visit our website, check out our blog, or follow us on LinkedIn.