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Citadel Computer Systems Acquires Competitor Kent-Marsh


Citadel Computer Systems Inc. announced that it has acquired for cash and stock Kent-Marsh Ltd. Inc. and Astonishing Developments Inc., the acknowledged industry leaders in cross-platform desktop security software for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Citadel previously announced that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Astonishing Developments Inc.

"With Kent-Marsh on board, Citadel enhances its leadership position in network and desktop security," said Steven B. Solomon, chief operating officer of Citadel. "By expanding our expertise across platforms -- indeed, over the entire spectrum of computer users -- this acquisition furthers Citadel's goal to provide complete solutions for all our customers' security needs. So from the individual with one home PC to the networked multinational corporation, Citadel has all the bases covered. Marketing legend Victor Kiam, who recently joined our board of directors, now has an even stronger consumer product line to leverage."

"Kent-Marsh has time-proven, award-winning products, shelf-presence and a large and loyal customer base," noted Vance Nesbitt, chief executive officer of Kent-Marsh. "We are bringing to Citadel our entire management team with over a decade of expertise and strong long-term channel relationships. The addition of these assets to Citadel, already a leader in the security software industry, creates an instant powerhouse in the market." Nesbitt, a seasoned security software industry veteran, has been appointed chief technology officer of Citadel's newly formed Desktop Software Division.

Since its founding in 1984 Kent-Marsh has consistently provided the industry's best-selling desktop products, such as WinShield, FolderBolt and NightWatch, to address the growing privacy and configuration protection needs of personal computer users. Kent-Marsh has established relationships with the industry's preeminent software distributors, as well as extensive bundling and market-specific program collaborations with such giants as Microsoft, Compaq, IBM, Ingram and Apple Computer. Solomon said that Kent-Marsh is nearing release on a variety of easy-to-use network tools directed at supporting Microsoft's Windows NT platform. In addition, the company has signed an agreement with Microsoft to localize certain of its products for European distribution.

Citadel Computer Systems is a developer and marketer of computer software products, broadly characterized as network and PC security and management utilities and software management tools. Its products, including NetOFF, ServerSentry and Phantom of the Console, are designed to better manage and provide additional security to local area networks using Novell and Microsoft network software and now, through the Kent-Marsh product line, to individual PCs as well.


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