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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
Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer
Products Privilege and Identity Management
Vulnerability Management
Owner Privately held
Number of employees
150 - 200

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

BeyondTrust was originally 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]


  • History of BeyondTrust 1
    • Symark 1.1
    • The Original BeyondTrust 1.2
    • Acquisitions 1.3
  • References 2

History of BeyondTrust


Symark was founded in 1985 as a VAX/VMS utility software company in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Its name derives 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 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

In 2003, AutoProf introduced the AutoProf Policy maker, which was the first commercial product 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[5] and changed their company name to DesktopStandard.[6] 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[7] and they adopted BeyondTrust as the new company name.[8]

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.[9]

May 2012: BeyondTrust Acquired Vulnerability Management Pioneer eEye Digital Security.[10]

December 2012: BeyondTrust Acquired Blackbird Group.[11]


  1. ^ By Tim Wilson, Dark Reading. "Symark Buys BeyondTrust, Takes BeyondTrust Name. " September 14, 2009.
  2. ^ By Steve Ragan, The Tech Herald. "Symark and BeyondTrust – best acquisition ever. September 14, 2009."
  3. ^ By Doug Barney, Redmond Magazine. "Desktop Standard Bought by Microsoft -- Mostly. " October 3, 2006. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
  4. ^ By Alex Woodie, The Linux Beacon. "Symark Tackles Tough Access Control Problems. " April 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Press Release. "AutoProf Announces Record Year Revenue Growth. " January 12, 2005. Retrieved on August 28, 2009
  6. ^ Press Release. "Article: AutoProf Announces Name Change and Releases Group Policy Security Product; DesktopStandard Corporation Provides Application-Level Security Product to Satisfy Regulatory Compliance Needs. " January 26, 2005. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
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  8. ^ By Jackie Noblett, Mass High Tech. "BeyondTrust acquired by Symark. September 14, 2009
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