Blueshift Cybersecurity Hires Veteran COO to Lead Growing SOC-as-a-Service Platform Business


Johnny Calhoun brings 20 years of experience – including work at Nisos, PhishLabs, and Secureworks – to Build on Blueshift’s Rapid Growth with MSSPs and MSPs

Blueshift Cybersecurity™ is pleased to announce the appointment of Johnny Calhoun as its Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Johnny brings over twenty years of highly accomplished cybersecurity executive experience to Blueshift, where he will lead day-to-day business operations. Johnny built and managed world-class teams and business units at Secureworks, PhishLabs, and, most recently, Nisos in various leadership and executive roles.

“Blueshift anticipates rapid growth. We’re exploring strategic and international partnerships, which may require the Company to scale more quickly than originally expected, said Blueshift Chairman and CEO Bradley Rowe. “Johnny has successfully navigated the growth areas we anticipate and brings us a rich and varied cybersecurity background. His insight, vision, and operational experience are invaluable to our executive team.” 

“Blueshift’s industry-unique monitoring capabilities allow us to respond quickly to cyber threats before they escalate into full-scale cyber attacks,” said Johnny Calhoun. “Our fully-managed cybersecurity operations are purpose-built for SMBs to protect against constantly evolving cyber threats without the burden of building and managing an ever-complex cybersecurity team in-house. Blueshift can provide highly experienced Security as a Service capability to any SMB almost overnight – it’s a no-brainer.”

While at Secureworks, Johnny led the Global Implementations group, which architected, planned, and implemented cybersecurity solutions, accelerating revenue recognition and helping Secureworks grow into a $500M recurring revenue business. Secureworks conducted a successful IPO in 2016.

At PhishLabs, Johnny served as Executive Vice President of Operations. He led Client Success, Operations, Research, and Engineering teams and established SOCs (Security Operations Centers) in Charleston, Toronto, and India. Johnny was responsible for delivering and scaling the AntiPhishing, Business Email Compromise, and Digital Risk Protection services to an international client base. HelpSystems acquired PhishLabs in 2021.

At Nisos, Johnny served as COO, running the Managed Intelligence and Engineering programs. Nisos’ Managed Intelligence program is a world-class Open Source Intelligence capability that enables clients to better understand critical risks and threats. Johnny successfully transformed the professional services team into a managed service, allowing the team to scale to meet growing client demand efficiently. 

Johnny holds a BS in Computer Science from Coastal Carolina University.  

About Blueshift Cybersecurity
Blueshift XDR™ (Extended Detection and Response) is Blueshift’s affordable, highly automated SOC-as-a-Service platform that simplifies compliance initiatives and extends security visibility and management across your entire organization. It seamlessly integrates with all existing devices, data, and systems across the network — such as cloud, IoT, endpoint, server, remote workers, and more. To learn more about Blueshift Cybersecurity and Blueshift XDR, please visit