Defcom UK arm in talks withpotential buyers

The UK arm of managed security services provider Defcom is in advanced talks with a number of potential suitors after its Swedish...

The UK arm of managed security services provider Defcom is in advanced talks with a number of potential suitors after its Swedish parent was bought out of bankruptcy by Nordic integrator ProAct.

A Defcom spokesman said the group was close to finalising a deal with one of four companies, the favourite of which was a US-based security services specialist.

He claimed it would be able to continue trading if the acquisition deals fell through, but needed to find a new parent company to offer a replacement for its OnGuard24 intrusion detection service.

"The intellectual property rights for our managed OnGuard24 service have gone to ProAct, so we want to be acquired by someone offering something like that," he said.

Henrik Holm, chairman of the board of ProAct, told MicroScope it now owned the OnGuard24 concept and brand, but would offer it for resale to the remaining divisions of Defcom - located in Finland, Norway and Denmark - on a country-by-country basis if they were interested.

Meanwhile, UK security distributor EiP - which had been in talks with Defcom over opportunities to offer managed services to its customer base - is giving resellers the option to add network monitoring to their security portfolios through a deal with Intranode.

EiP director Amar Rathore, previously a director of rival e92plus, said the partnership with Intranode enabled resellers to offer top-level corporate monitoring services with 20 to 30 per cent margins.

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