TruSecure buys managed security company

Managed security firm TruSecure Corp. Monday announced that it has acquired managed infrastructure security company Three Pillars Inc. The terms of the all-stock deal were not disclosed, though the deal is already final.

TruSecure currently offers a suite of security services that include audits, security recommendations and monitoring, and will integrate Three Pillars' line of remote management and monitoring services into its existing product set, according to Adam Joseph, TruSecure president and chief executive officer (CEO). That integration is likely one to two quarters away, he said.

Three Pillars has a device that resides at the customer's location, allowing for data collection and correlation, meaning that TruSecure may now be able to move into more proactive security services, he said.

The technology acquired from Three Pillars will allow TruSecure to perform "more real-time activities on behalf of the customer," Joseph said, adding that "a number of our customers have queried TruSecure about taking a proactive stance (toward security)."

TruSecure will retain Three Pillars' Norcross, Georgia, Network Operations Center, along with its customers and channel alliances. It will add 25 employees from Three Pillars, though it will lay off about six, Joseph said.

Some Three Pillars executives will stay on at TruSecure, including company CEO Thomas Joseph, who will become TruSecure's senior vice president of managed services.

"The acquisition will allow TruSecure to offer a more integrated portfolio to their customers," said Allan Carey, senior analyst of information security services at International Data Corp.

While the company had largely offered consulting and professional services in the past, now it will be able to offer more reactive services, he said, adding that the acquisition will lead to a growth in TruSecure's business.

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