2011 Need To Know: Security VARs

VARs Making A Name For Themselves In IT Security

For VARs looking to expand their offerings, they should look no further than the IT security space. Want proof? Plenty of VARs have made a mark in the security market, selling their customers endpoint security, data encryption, disaster recovery services and other technologies coupled with software, appliances and cloud offerings and services.

Check out CRN's list of some of the leading VARs in the IT security space.

Access IT Group

This King of Prussia, Pa.-based solution provider offers IT security and infrastructure technologies ranging from Security Policy and Solution Design to Security Solution installation and implementation. McAfee, Blue Coat, Check Point, Source Fire, Websense, RSA, F5 and IBM are among its partners.

Accudata Systems

Founded in 1982, this Houston VAR has 30 partners in the security, storage and infrastructure space. It offers services in data encryption, data management and WAN optimization, among other technologies.


This Denver-based VAR prides itself on offering information security consulting services with a world-class security team that has CISSP, CISA, CISM and GIAC certifications, participated in security research teams and contributed to security books. It recently acquired Ciphent to build on its already-strong security expertise.

ANI Direct

This Texas-based VAR has specific expertise working with PGP, firewalls and AV solutions as well as data loss prevention, data backup recovery and authentication. It sells Ironport, PGP, Websense, SonicWal and McAfee among others.

Anitian Enterprise Security

Founded in 1995, this Seattle solution provider has an extensive lineup of security certifications. Anitian offers a host of services including PCI compliance, data classification services, disaster recovery and business continuity, security assessment, code review, penetration testing and other services. It partners with Barracuda, Imperva, SourceFire, Citrix, Blue Coat and others.


This Colorado-based VAR with offices in Europe and Asia, offers ISO 27000 consulting, security assessments and managed services. The VAR is a partner with Symantec, Websense, Proofpoint, RSA among others.

Cadre Information Security

Founded as CinCadre in 1992, this Cincinnati VAR spun off to offer information security solutions in 2001. Today it partners with established and newer security vendors including Juniper, SourceFire, CyberArk, Zscaler, Fortinet, Qualys, Symantec and others.

CipherTechs Inc.

CipherTechs is a New York-based security services provider offering audit, design and implementation of information security solutions in areas of IP networking, firewalls, application security, risk assessment, traffic management, encryption, redundancy and strong authentication. It partners with ArcSight, Loglogic, RSA and others.


Experts in network security, this Dallas-based VAR offers security assessments, wireless security assessments, network security architecture and design, physical security and facilities support. Its partners include Secure Computing, McAfee, PGP, SonicWall, Trend Micro, to name a few.


For more than 10 years DirSec has been serving the Midwest and Rocky Mountain region with IT security solutions. Its partners include Imperva, M86, Tipping Point, WatchGuard, ESET and more.

Emagined Security Consulting

Emagined Security is a provider of professional services for information security and compliance solutions based in San Carlos, Calif. It offers security assessments, ethical hacking and penetration testing, rea-time monitoring and managed services, and reactive incident response services. It partners with Symantec, Netforensics, Application Security, Fortinet, Fortify and others.

FishNet Security

The granddaddy of security integrators, FishNet was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1996 by Gary Fish and today has 27 offices throughout the world and a 15,000 square-foot Security Operations Center. They offer a host of security technologies from DLP, network behavior anomaly detection, strong authentication to fraud detection and partner with more than 50 security vendors.

FutureCom Ltd.

This Texas-based integrator offers security assessments and audits, information leak prevention, single sign-on, security event management solutions and PCI, SOX and HIPAA solutions, among others. It also offers managed services and infrastructure solutions for its clients and counts Juniper, Websense and F5 among its partners.


This Dallas VAR with offices in Arizona and Arkansas offers data protection technologies including network security, encryption, backup and recovery and email archiving. It partners with Barracuda, Panda, Ironport and others.

M&S Technologies

This CRN Fast Growth VAR based in Dallas offers network infrastructure services, regulatory and PCI compliance services and partners with Aruba, Barracuda, Blue Coat, Check Point, Extreme, Juniper, McAfee, RSA, SonicWall and others.


This Canadian VAR was founded in 2000 to offer a full range of security services. It provides network and security assessments, architecture development and solution deployment, digital forensics, training and physical security. Its consulting arm provides training and compliance consulting for PCI and privacy issues.

Networks Group

This Michigan-based VAR collectively holds CISSP, CISA, QSA, NSA IAM, CEH certification and provides risk assessment and management, ethical hacking and managed IT security services. Its vendor partners include Juniper, Trend Micro, Check Point, Imperva, BlueCoat and others.


This Chicago-based security VAR has offices in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin and offers managed security risk management services with expertise in application gateways, content filtering, infrastructure and endpoint security and traffic management. It partners with Juniper, Check Point, Cisco, Blue Coat and F5.


Founded in 1989, this Manhattan, N.Y.-based VAR is a provider of network security solutions and started as one of the first McAfee security agents in North America. Today it offers penetration testing, vulnerability and risk assessments, security design, business continuity planning and testing and compliance programs and a host of managed security offerings. NH&A is also the exclusive distributor of Sophos for Latin and South America as well as a Master Reseller for ESET in North America.

Prevalent Networks

Based in Warren, N.J., Prevalent Networks was founded in 2004. It also has regional sales offices in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Prevalent has developed practice areas in information security, compliance, infrastructure, and disaster recovery. In 2008 Prevalent launched its Fortify Compliance solution as a methodology designed to deploy and support the automation of corporate compliance and governance utilizing Symantec's Control Compliance Suite.


This Montreal-based VAR with offices in New York and Chicago focuses on endpoint security, security awareness, threat vulnerability and identity management services. Its managed services provides near-shore outsourcing solutions for incident detection and response and the ability to mitigate modern network security risks in a cost-effective way. SecureOps partners with RSA, Juniper, IBM, McAfee Cisco, Check Point and others.

Sword & Shield

A CRN Fast Growth 100 and VAR50 company, Sword & Shield was founded in 1997 to offer network security services. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in Lexington, Ky., Washington, D.C., and Alexandria Va., Sword & Shield focuses on forensics, e-discovery, risk and compliance.


Founded in 1989, SynerComm was established to help customers with application delivery and network and security infrastructure. Based in Wisconsin, SynerComm partners with Juniper, Cisco, Aruba McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Tipping Point and others.


This New York VAR focuses on network security and infrastructure services and partners with Arcsight, Blue Coat, Barracuda, Loglogic and others.