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TruSecure, Betrusted to merge and rename

Companies are expected to formally announce on Tuesday that they plan to create a new firm called Cybertrust.

Security companies TruSecure and Betrusted are expected to formally announce on Tuesday that they plan to merge and create a newly formed company called Cybertrust.

Consultancy TruSecure will be joined by Betrusted, which, through various acquisitions, has grown to focus on three security segments: public key infrastructure, security consulting services and managed security services such as monitoring firewalls.

The newly combined company, Cybertrust, will focus on security management for large corporations. The new company is looking to provide greater technical expertise within certain industries and increase its market presence.

"We decided to merge because of the synergies between the two companies," said Siobhan MacDermott, Betrusted's senior vice president of marketing and communications, pointing to the geographic expansion the deal will provide the companies.

Betrusted, which operates primarily in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, will bolster its presence in North America. Herndon, Va.-based TruSecure will expand its global operations.

The noncash deal between the two privately held companies is expected to close within 30 days. Other terms were not disclosed.

As part of the merger, John Becker, TruSecure chief executive, will fill the CEO post at Cybertrust.

"We did not have a permanent CEO (at Betrusted), and John was someone from inside the organization. John also had proven management experience and proven security experience. He took Axent Technologies public and later sold it to Symantec," MacDermott noted.

Analysts applauded the merger.

"Some of the pieces from these two companies fit together. But this is really like separate companies coming under a single name," said John Pescatore, Internet security vice president at Gartner, who noted that Cybertrust will become the fifth-largest company in the United States that sells only security products.

Last June, TruSecure unveiled a set of applications, Risk Commander 2.0, designed to help companies measure the effectiveness of the security of their IT systems. The software tools were part of the company's efforts to attract large corporate users, which had previously viewed the company as only a security consulting company.

The Risk Commander 2.0 was part of TruSecure's philosophy that a number of potential customers wanted security assessment systems that left the control of protected data in their own hands.

Betrusted, meanwhile, brings to the table customers that include corporations as well as government agencies in certain sectors, such as telecommunications. The company offers a managed backup service designed to provide fast and secure backup and recovery of desktop, laptop and server-based data.

Last month, Betrusted announced plans to partner with control system provider Verano. Under the arrangement, the companies would jointly market Verano's Industrial Defender, in which Betrusted would offer management and monitoring of the security system's software and applications based on security-enhanced Linux. The deal also expands Betrusted's presence in specific industries, such as utilities and transportation.