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Security firms Lurqh, SecureWorks merge

Deal puts together SecureWorks' expertise in fighting off external attacks and Lurqh's background in identifying internal threats.

Security providers SecureWorks and Lurqh announced Wednesday that they have merged to form a single company called SecureWorks based in Atlanta. SecureWorks is a specialist in preventing and detecting external threats to corporate networks, while Lurqh focuses on managing and identifying internal threats to a company's security. SecureWorks's CEO Mike Cote will continue his role at the combined company, with Lurqh CEO Tony Prince moving to executive vice president in charge of strategy.

The move comes amid consolidation in the security industry, which has put pressure on smaller providers. SecureWorks recently made a splash, however, when researchers demonstrated a Wi-Fi-based compromise of a MacBook at the Black Hat security briefings.