SurfControl, which has more than 600 staff and 25,000 customers across the globe, is to be acquired by Websense. Gene Hodges, CEO of Websense, said: "The combination of Websense and SurfControl is expected to benefit customers, partners and shareholders by creating an IT security solutions company with the scale and product offering to compete more effectively with large global security software companies." The acquisition is expected to be completed within four months.

- Secude Global Consulting is expanding its presence in Europe, with the opening of a new office in Walldorf, Germany. The company works in partnership with SAP AG to provide enterprise risk management consulting services for customers around the world. The office will be managed by chief consulting officer Dr Frank Off.

- Vados Systems, a UK defence supplier of converged integrated solutions, has entered into a partnership with AEP Networks, a policy-based networking company. Both companies will work together to develop the secure personal remote communications (SPRC) capability, a deployable communications pack, based on the AEP Net Remote product and Vados Systems' vadEDGE platform.

- Irish-based IT security provider, Renaissance is the new distribution partner of network security company Equiinet. The partnership, which began in April, allows Renaissance to distribute Equiinet's products, including NetPilot and BackupPilot.

- Independent software provider SAP AG has bought MaXware, an identity management software company based in Norway, and Finnish firm Wicom Communications, which designs IP-based contact centre applications. SAP has also signed an agreement to partner SunGard Data Systems in the development of an asset liability management application.

- European security solutions provider Xiring, has signed a contract with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Xiring will provide the bank's retail customers with APACS standard card readers to enable them to conduct online banking transactions securely.