HelpSystems Acquires Digital Defense to Bolster Its Cybersecurity Portfolio

By Iris Gonzalez
San Antonio-based Digital Defense was acquired by HelpSystems. Image from Digital Defense website.

HelpSystems announced Wednesday its acquisition of Digital Defense, a San Antonio software-as-a-service or SaaS company specializing in network security solutions. The Minnesota-based company acquired Digital Defense for an undisclosed amount to help it establish a comprehensive, best-in-class security assessment toolkit for its customers.

Founded in 1999, Digital Defense’s security SaaS platform offers vulnerability management and threat assessment solutions to help organizations safeguard sensitive data and simplify information security.  Their cloud-native vulnerability scanning engine gives organizations in healthcare, legal, financial services, and other industries the ability to proactively detect infrastructure security gaps and take steps to safeguard against internal and external cyber threats.

Digital Defense has been focused on accelerated growth and hired Bob Layton as its first chief revenue officer as reported by the San Antonio Business Journal in February 2020. As part of HelpSystems’ cybersecurity portfolio, Digital Defense joins Core Security and Cobalt Strike to establish a comprehensive, best-in-class security assessment toolkit.

“The addition of Digital Defense offers threat-weary IT teams the capabilities they need to increase infrastructure security on two fronts: Via leading-edge vulnerability management technology as well as seasoned pen [penetration] testing resources to broaden our existing expertise. We are so happy to welcome the team and the award-winning products they’ve developed to HelpSystems,” HelpSystems chief executive officer (CEO) Kate Bolseth wrote in a company announcement.

HelpSystems client companies that lack the abilities to safeguard network security can now rely on Digital Defense’s team of U.S.-based penetration testers as a trusted resource to test for cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

“Digital Defense will continue to protect the ever-expanding IT underpinnings of thousands of organizations as part of HelpSystems,” stated Larry Hurtado, President and CEO of Digital Defense. “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.”

Digital Defense has its headquarters on Tesoro Drive near the airport and employs about 125 people according to the company’s LinkedIn page. The company does not plan on leaving San Antonio.

The featured image is from Digital Defense’s website. The San Antonio-based cybersecurity company was acquired by HelpSystems.

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