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Industry Enterprise Security
Identity Management and Access Control, Vulnerability Management, Compliance Reporting
Founded 1985
Headquarters Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Key people
Kevin Hickey, President and CEO
Bryce Hancock, Chief Financial Officer
Brad Hibbert, Chief Technology Officer
Products Privileged and Identity Management
Vulnerability Management
Owner Privately held
Number of employees

BeyondTrust (formerly Symark) is an American company that develops, markets, and supports a family of privileged identity management and vulnerability management products for UNIX, Linux, Windows and Mac OS operating systems.

BeyondTrust was founded in 2006 and provided Least Privilege Management software for the Microsoft Windows OS, before UNIX vendor Symark acquired BeyondTrust in 2009 and adopted BeyondTrust as the new company name.[1][2][3]



Symark was founded in 1985 as a VAX/VMS utility software company in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Its name is derived from the initials of its founders, Bob Sommers and Doug Yarrow. Symark was also a client-server computing vendor, before later acquiring a license for the UNIX security product UPM (now owned by Quest Software) and rebranding their version PowerBroker.[4] Symark relocated to Westlake Village, California, then again to Agoura Hills.

The company was focused on identity, access, and password management for privileged users on UNIX[5] systems. From 2003—2008 the company expanded in Spain, Portugal, Japan and Latin America. During the same time period they also grew almost 300 percent and were one of the fastest growing private companies in the L.A. area.

The original BeyondTrust[edit]

In 2003, AutoProf introduced the AutoProf Policy maker, which was the first commercial product[citation needed] to build upon Microsoft's built-in Group Policy Objects to make common tasks like mapping network drives or sharing printer connections easier. In 2005, AutoProf grew 90% in revenue over the previous year[6] and changed the company name to DesktopStandard.[7] Four million desktops were under management of DesktopStandard's software across 3,500 customers. Between 2003—2005, DesktopStandard added six products to their portfolio for RBAC, password management, and identity access management on Windows.


2009: Symark acquired the Windows-based business of BeyondTrust in 2009 for approximately $20 million[8] and they adopted BeyondTrust as the new company name.[9]

2011: BeyondTrust acquired software from Likewise Software. The acquisition expanded its portfolio of "inside perimeter" security capabilities for Windows and Unix-based systems to include authentication and auditing management for cross-platform and cloud environments.[10]

May 2012: BeyondTrust Acquired Vulnerability Management Pioneer eEye Digital Security.[11]

December 2012: BeyondTrust Acquired Blackbird Group.[12]