EarthLink Names Longtime IT Security Executive Peter Chronis as CSO

EarthLink (ELNK) last week made security a top role at the company, creating the job of Chief Security Officer and appointing Peter Chronis to the job.

Dan Kobialka, Contributing writer

June 24, 2014

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EarthLink Names Longtime IT Security Executive Peter Chronis as CSO

Managed network and cloud services provider (CSP) EarthLink, ranked first on the MSPmentor Top 501 list for 2014, last week named longtime executive Peter Chronis to a newly created role: chief security officer. Chronis previously served as EarthLink’s vice president of information security and management.

The appointment marks the first time EarthLink has elevated the role of security to the C-level.

Some of Chronis’ accomplishments as EarthLink’s VP of information security and management included:

  • Adopting a continuous improvement philosophy

  • Developing effective threat and risk management capabilities

  • Promoting technology best practices and standards

Chronis also has more than 15 years of experience using technology to manage risk in the financial services, healthcare, IT services and telecommunications industries.

He commented on the announcement in a prepared statement:

“Protecting customers has been part of EarthLink’s DNA for 20 years. Today’s regulatory and threat landscape is more complex and our customers rely on EarthLink to serve as a trusted advisor. Our role in helping customers achieve their compliance objectives, keep their networks and data secure and have a safe online experience has never been more important. We’re committed to continuing to develop leading-edge information and network security products and services.”

Rick C. Froehlich, executive vice president of EarthLink’s product and consumer division, added he believes Chronis’ appointment reflects his company’s commitment to its customers. 

“Peter is a security evangelist and thought-leader, and I’m confident that he will continue to innovate with next-generation network security services and sophisticated cyber threat management techniques and strategies,” Froehlich said.

In December 2013, Earthlink named Joseph R. Eazor as president and CEO.

EarthLink earned $297.3 million in total revenue in the first three months of 2014.

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About the Author(s)

Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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