Digital Defense joins Core Security and Cobalt Strike in HelpSystems' portfolio.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

February 4, 2021

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Security Merger

HelpSystems has acquired Digital Defense, a provider of vulnerability management and threat assessment solutions, to beef up its cybersecurity portfolio.

Digital Defense provides a cloud-native vulnerability scanning engine. It gives organizations in health care, legal, financial services and other industries the ability to proactively detect infrastructure security gaps. They can then take steps to protect against internal and external cyber threats.

HelpSystems says Digital Defense joins its recent Core Security and Cobalt Strike acquisitions to establish a comprehensive security assessment toolkit.

Kate Bolseth is HelpSystem‘s CEO. She said the acquisition is “fantastic news” for her company’s partners.


HelpSystems’ Kate Bolseth

“Every day, our customers and partners ask us what they can do to strengthen their security postures and protect their employees, customers and sensitive information from malicious actors,” she said. “The addition of Digital Defense makes it easier to provide customers with immediate solutions for these needs — all within the same vendor portfolio. When Digital Defense is coupled with existing HelpSystems solutions Core Security and Cobalt Strike, we are able to provide a comprehensive, best-in-class security assessment toolkit, which our partners can take to market.”

Digital Defense’s Capabilities

The Digital Defense platforms provides penetration testing, employee training, cybersecurity defense, enterprise risk assessment and physical security testing.

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The vulnerability scanning engine allows pen-testers to focus their efforts on identified issues rather than blindly testing the network. For companies that lack the internal bandwidth or expertise to carry this out, Digital Defense’s team of U.S.-based pen testers conduct the tests.

“The combination of Digital Defense, Core Security and Cobalt Strike gives us all a competitive advantage,” Bolseth said.

For Digital Defense partners, it’s business as usual, she said. A priority moving forward will be bringing the two companies and their partner programs together.

Larry Hurtado is Digital Defense’s president and CEO.

“Digital Defense will continue to protect the ever-expanding IT underpinnings of thousands of organizations as part of HelpSystems,” he said. “This powerful combination not only enables our customers to take advantage of HelpSystems’ broad security and automation solutions, but it also gives us more horsepower to continue to advance how organizations around the world understand and address information security.”

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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