ATLANTA, GA. — Privately held SecureWorks and LURHQ are merging with the combined company offering managed security services from offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach and Chicago.

Both firms, which were venture backed, declined to disclose financial terms of the merger.

The combined company will operate under the name SecureWorks. The combined company will maintain its headquarters in Atlanta, where SecureWorks was based and dre w backing from such investors as Noro-Moseley Partners.

LURHQ maintained its headquarters in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Its backers include Frontier Capital in Charlotte and Ed Crutchfield, a former chief executive officer of First Union.

Together the new SecureWorks will provide services to 1,500 clients and some 5,000 security devices around the world, the companies said in a statement.

SecureWorks, which was founded in 1999, focuses on security solutions and provides consulting services. LURHQ launched in 1996 with an emphasis on security information and event monitoring services.

LURHQ, which is pronounced “lur-ick'”, is not an acronym, according to the firm’s website. The name is “unique, creative, and innovative just like the threat and vulnerability management solutions we bring to our clients.”

The services of the two companies have been combined to offer a fully managed security solution or a variety of less comprehensive service such as analysis, reporting or ticketing,

“This merger gives us the rare opportunity to create a managed security services organization that is nothing short of excellent,” said Mike Cote, chief executive officer of SecureWorks. “It brings together two client-focused security providers that have consistently exceeded expectations and have led the market in client satisfaction. The combination of strong client service, award winning managed security services (MSS) and intrusion prevention services (IPS), and experienced security professionals position SecureWorks as the premiere provider of MSS to any size organization, from multi-national Fortune 500 companies to local financial institutions.”

Cote will serve as CEO of the combined company. Tony Prince, founder and CEO of LURHQ, will be executive vice president responsible for strategy.

“This partnership is a win-win for everyone: our clients, employees and the security industry,” Prince said in a statement. “By merging our two companies, we can greatly expand the breadth and depth of our services and that of our research teams. By combining our threat data and analysis capabilities, our larger research team will have a broader detection network and, as a result, more data from which to identify threats and develop countermeasures.”

Service offerings will include:

  • Security information and event management

  • Security device and log monitoring/analysis

  • Network intrusion prevention

  • Firewall management

  • Host intrusion prevention service

  • Vulnerability assessment

  • Threat intelligence

  • Encrypted email

  • Email filtering

  • Professional services
  • The merged company will maintain security operations centers in Atlanta, Chicago and Myrtle Beach. Business operations will be based in Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Chicago and Charlotte.

    SecureWorks: www.secureworks.com