VeriSign Sells Managed Services Unit to SecureWorks

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VeriSign sheds its managed security services arm to Atlanta-based SecureWorks for an undisclosed amount. The sale is just the latest in a series made or planned by VeriSign to shrink the company and focus on core products.

The Associated Press is reporting that VeriSign has divested its managed security services division to SecureWorks for an undisclosed price.

VeriSign’s new management has reportedly been looking to sell off some of its non-core assets to focus the business on domain registration and management services, and SSL certificate units. Managed security services was among those under consideration for divestiture. Earlier this month, VeriSign sold its communications services unit to TNS, for $226 million.

SecureWorks, based in Atlanta and founded in 1999, is an established player in the managed security services market, having survived the turbulent build-out of the last decade that saw may of its competitors fall by the wayside or get acquired by larger security and infrastructure companies.

The unit SecureWorks is buying from VeriSign is actually the product of one of those acquisitions. In 2004, VeriSign bought Massachusetts-based Guardent to augment its existing managed security services unit and compete against the likes of Symantec, which had bought RipTech a year earlier. Many of SecureWork’s contemporaries—NetSec, TruSecure, Counterpane and Ubizen, to name a few—have all been absorbed into larger companies.

For SecureWorks, the VeriSign managed services acquisition is the second major move it's made toward growth. In 2006, the company bought LURHQ, a South Carolina-based provider of similar security services.

SecureWorks, which specializes in network monitoring and management for midsize and enterprise-class businesses, has deep connections in the credit union and financial services industries.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.