M86 Security

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M86 Security
IndustryTechnology, Web and Email Security
Predecessor8e6 Technologies
HeadquartersIrvine, California
ProductsSecure Web Gateway, Internet security, proxy server, content filtering

M86 Security was a privately owned Internet threat protection company that specialized in Web and email security products[1] and content filtering appliances.[2] The company's international headquarters were located in Basingstoke, with development centers located in California, Israel and New Zealand.[2]



Founded in 1995, the company changed its name to 8e6 Technologies in 2000.[3] Its co-founder and CEO for ten years, George Shih, developed many of the technologies used in 8e6 Internet filtering products.[4]

Originally, in an effort to provide “pornography-free Internet use for children”, the company offered filtering software for computers used in education environments. Later, 8e6 Technologies developed products to manage Internet access in other markets.[5]

The company's Internet filtering, reporting and monitoring appliances were named a “Best Buy” by SC Magazine in 2007 and 2008.[6]

In November 2008, 8e6 Technologies and Marshal Limited, a provider of email and Web security products, merged and became Marshal8e6.[7] George Shih remained as interim CEO until former Finjan CEO, John Vigouroux, was named to the position in April 2009.[8]


In November 2008, 8e6 Technologies, a company that sold Web filtering products, and Marshal Software, a provider of integrated email and Web security products, merged to form Marshal8e6.[9]

In March 2009, Marshal8e6 acquired Avinti,[10] along with its behavior-based malware technology[11] for detecting blended threats that occur through email. Upon completion of the merger, Avinti's CEO, William Kilmer, joined Marshal8e6 as its Chief Marketing Officer.[12]

As part of a rebranding campaign, Marshal8e6 changed its name to M86 Security in September 2009.[13] The following November, M86 Security acquired Finjan Software along with its Secure Web Gateway (formerly Finjan Vital Security) product and licenses to patents for real-time code analysis technology,[14] giving the company malware detection and prevention capabilities for the Web gateway. The company had previously announced John Vigouroux, CEO of Finjan Software, as the new CEO of M86 Security.[15]

Marshal's TRACE Labs and Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center combined to form M86 Security Labs,[16] which researches and reports on Web and email-based security threats. In August 2010, M86 ranked number 1,230 on the Inc. 5000 annual listing of the fastest private growing companies in America.[17]

On March 6, 2012 it was announced that Chicago based Trustwave Holdings would acquire M86 Security.[18] On March 19, 2012 Trustwave completed its acquisition of M86 Security and subsequently rebranded its products and operations under the Trustwave name.[19]


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  5. ^ "Email Security, Web Security". 8e6.com. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
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  10. ^ "Security Vendor Marshal8e6 Buys Avinti". Cio.com. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  11. ^ "M86 Security Receives Behavior-Based Malware Detection Patent". Cloudcomputing.sys-con.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  12. ^ "Avinti CEO joins Marshal8e6 - Security - Technology - News - CRN Australia". Crn.com.au. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  13. ^ "Marshal8e6 rebrands as M86 Security and announces new product launches". SC Magazine UK. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  14. ^ Dan Raywood (2009-11-03). "M86 Security completes acquisition of Finjan". SC Magazine UK. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  15. ^ "Marshal8e6 Names CEO". socalTECH.com. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  16. ^ "Infosecurity (UK) - M86 acquires Finjan; combines IT security research operations". Infosecurity-magazine.com. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  17. ^ "Top Software Companies on the Inc. 5000". Inc.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  18. ^ "Trustwave to Acquire M86 Security". m86security.com.com. 2011-05-16. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  19. ^ Purdy, Cas. "Trustwave Completes Acquisition of M86 Security". Trusted News. Trustwave. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.