Mergers and Acquisitions, Networking

F-Secure Buys Digital Assurance for IT Security Assessments, Consulting

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Jens Thonke
Jens Thonke

F-Secure has acquired Digital Assurance, an IT security consulting firm. F-Secure is a Finnish cybersecurity company. Digital Assurance is a UK-based information security assessment services provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Digital Assurance acquisition will enable F-Secure to combine its endpoint protection and cybersecurity solutions with Digital Assurance's security testing services, according to F-Secure. Digital Assurance will become part of F-Secure's cybersecurity services business unit while giving the parent doorway into the UK market.

"This acquisition will help F-Secure grow our successful service business to meet the ever-increasing demand for cybersecurity services," Jens Thonke, executive vice president of F-Secure's cybersecurity services, said in a prepared statement.

Digital Assurance: What You Need to Know

Founded in 2006, Digital Assurance offers information security assessment services to organizations in several industries, including communication, defense, financial, petrochemical, and retail.

The company also safeguards such automation systems:

  • Field devices/controllers.
  • Process control systems (PCS/DCS).
  • SCADA components.
  • System communications.

M&A Strategy

F-Secure has a blended growth strategy that involves organic expansion and N&A deals. In addition to the Digital Assurance deal, the company last month purchased Little Flocker, a private app developer that specializes in Mac security technology.

The Little Flocker acquisition will help F-Secure protect businesses and consumers against zero-day attacks, regardless of platform, F-Secure Chief Technology Officer Mika Ståhlberg said in a prepared statement.

Moreover, F-Secure plans to incorporate Little Flocker's core technology into its security cloud and include the technology in its Protection Service for Business endpoint security solution, the company said.

Ahem: Watch ChannelE2E later this month for a massive, 200-page report that shows MSPs, partners and businesses how to safeguard customer assets.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.