M86 Security

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M86 Security
Industry Technology, Web and Email Security
Founded 1995
Headquarters Irvine, California
Products Secure Web Gateway, Internet security, proxy server, content filtering
Website [1]

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]


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.[3]

In March 2009, Marshal8e6 acquired Avinti,[4] along with its behavior-based malware technology[5] 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.[6]

As part of a rebranding campaign, Marshal8e6 changed its name to M86 Security in September 2009.[7] 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,[8] 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.[9]

Marshal’s TRACE Labs and Finjan’s Malicious Code Research Center combined to form M86 Security Labs,[10] 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.[11]

On March 6, 2012 it was announced that Chicago based Trustwave Holdings would acquire M86 Security.[12] On March 19, 2012 Trustwave completed its acquisition of M86 Security and subsequently rebranded its products and operations under the Trustwave name.[13]

Products and technologies[edit]

Web solutions[edit]

M86 Secure Web Gateway (formerly Finjan): an appliance-based secure Web gateway that uses real-time code analysis technology, URL filtering and antivirus scanning to prevent malware and Web-based threats.[14] In January 2010, the M86 Secure Web Gateway was designated as Visionary in the 2010 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Secure Web Gateways.[15]

Associated Technologies:[16]

  • Real-time Code Analysis
  • Vulnerability Anti.dote
  • Dynamic Web Repair

M86 Secure Web Service Hybrid: an integrated cloud-based and on site deployment option for the M86 Secure Web Gateway. It is intended to secure mobile workers with the same policy level as on-premises staff. In 2010, it was named “one of the top 100 coolest cloud computing products” by CRN.[17]

M86 Web Filtering and Reporting Suite: an appliance-based Web security and policy control solution that includes Internet filtering, reporting, which typically uses the surveyed system's IP address, and real-time Web traffic monitoring.[18]

M86 WebMarshal: a secure Web gateway that inspects incoming and outgoing Web traffic. The product is designed to secure businesses from malware, viruses, blended attacks and attempted fraud.[19]

Email solutions[edit]

M86 MailMarshal: an email security solution that protects against spam and data leakage. It also provides reporting, analyzes inbound and outbound content and assists with policy control.[20] In April 2010, the M86 MailMarshal SMTP product was designated Visionary in the 2010 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Secure Email Gateways.[21]

Associated Technologies:[22]

  • Deep Content Inspection
  • SpamBotCensor
  • Blended Threats Module


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  5. ^ "M86 Security Receives Behavior-Based Malware Detection Patent". Cloudcomputing.sys-con.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Avinti CEO joins Marshal8e6 - Security - Technology - News - CRN Australia". Crn.com.au. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Marshal8e6 rebrands as M86 Security and announces new product launches". SC Magazine UK. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  8. ^ Dan Raywood (2009-11-03). "M86 Security completes acquisition of Finjan". SC Magazine UK. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Marshal8e6 Names CEO". socalTECH.com. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Infosecurity (UK) - M86 acquires Finjan; combines IT security research operations". Infosecurity-magazine.com. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Top Software Companies on the Inc. 5000". Inc.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  12. ^ "Trustwave to Acquire M86 Security". m86security.com.com. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  13. ^ Purdy, Cas. "Trustwave Completes Acquisition of M86 Security". Trusted News. Trustwave. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Peter Stephenson (2010-01-04). "M86 Security Secure Web Gateway Review". SC Magazine US. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  15. ^ “Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways”, Peter Firstbrook, Lawrence Orans, January 8, 2010
  16. ^ "M86 Secure Web Gateway (SWG) | Web Security". Business Concepts. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  17. ^ "Breaking news, press releases, social media news releases, business news". Marketwire. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  18. ^ "MailMarshal SMTP | WebSecure Technologies". Websecure.com.au. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  19. ^ "M86 WebMarshal". Ancoris.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  20. ^ "MailMarshal - Leader in Enterprise Email Content Security and Anti-Spam". Messagingsolutions.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  21. ^ “Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways”, Peter Firstbrook, Eric Ouellet, April 27, 2010
  22. ^ "Email Security » MailMarshal SMTP". Secure Content Technologies. Retrieved 2011-05-16.