Category: Rising Star
Name: Evgeniy Kharam
Title: Director of Network Security Architecture
Company: Herjavec Group
Why nominated: Evgeniy Kharam tackles every project as a puzzle and ends up having a positive influence on all who work with him, colleagues say.
Profile: The best security people are the ones who approach the job as an elaborate way to solve a puzzle. That's how Evgeniy Kharam takes on his new role as director of network security architecture at the Herjavec Group.
Kharam has led important projects for many of Herjavec Group's largest customers. For one of the world's most prominent real estate firms, he oversaw the development of their overall network security framework and built an architecture to help them migrate to the cloud. And for one of Canada's largest food manufacturers, Kharam consolidated multiple next-generations firewalls using a zero-trust approach. For that project, he converted IP and services-based firewall policies to next-generation firewall policies by emphasizing the importance of utilizing “users” as the source.
There have been other major wins: With one of Herjavec Group's newest U.K.-based global legal firm customers, he architected an endpoint solution across 29 office locations that augmented the customer's current antivirus solution and immediately remediated gaps in visibility and data transmission.
Kharam's peers say he has made an immediate positive impact on every customer he interacts with and has been an instrumental part in the company's expansion across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Kharam has also been hailed as a lifelong learner. Company executives say he's truly a rising star whose abilities should be recognized as he continues to advance his own knowledge of Internet technologies, hardware and cloud solutions and keeps his hands on the pulse of emerging security technologies.
What colleagues say: “Evgeniy continuously works to meet and surpass customer expectations. He has helped tremendously working with a large Canadian university on its large firewall project. From writing the RFP response to creating an architecture document that goes over and above any requirement. He is a Rock Star!”
- Michael Gonshor, director of sales, Montreal Region, Herjavec