Atlanta’s Courion, which helps identify users online, has paid an undisclosed price to buy Halifax’s SecureReset, which has developed two products for simplifying user passwords and authentication.

SecureReset was owned by the entrepreneurial duo of CEO Andy Osburn and chief technical officer Mark Boyle, better known as the founders of Equals6, a career-focused social network for students. Osburn said they have joined Courion and are planning for Equals6 to move on under new management.

Courion refers to itself as a market leader in “identity governance and administration,” meaning its technology helps large organizations authenticate the identity of online customers with as little annoyance as possible. It has offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and its clients include many of the world’s largest enterprises and organizations.

It bought SecureReset because Boyle and Osburn have developed technology that makes it easier to authenticate a customer’s identity or to allow them to change passwords.

“With this acquisition, we will be able to include SecureReset’s innovative products immediately into our PasswordCourier product, which will give us the opportunity to provide more valuable services to our customer base,” said Courion CEO David Earhart in a statement.

“This acquisition will give us the ability to expand our offerings in (our) market and will be paramount in our bold plans for the future of Courion.”

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In an interview, Osburn declined to discuss details of the deal but said he and Boyle are looking forward to joining the larger team at Courion.

For the last few years, Osburn has been the face of Equals6, which allows university students to connect with one another and potential employers. The site passed the 100,000-user mark about a year ago.

Osburn and Boyle have quietly been working on SecureReset, and Osburn has been saying that business is the one growing revenues more quickly.

SecureReset allows secure, automated resets, improving the security and ease with which clients can change their passwords. Its QuickFactor division bypasses the password and PIN altogether and can authenticate users through fingerprints or voice biometrics. Courion plans to roll out these products through its suite of applications.

“It’s an area where there’s been a lot of demand, and we’ve developed some nice products around it,” said Osburn.

He said he and Boyle will continue to work in Halifax, and there is the potential they will grow their team in the city. Courion only announced the acquisition this month, and development plans have yet to be worked out.

Meanwhile, they are in discussions with a few parties about the future of Equals6. The product has had its greatest success with its mentorship platform launched earlier this year, and they would like to see it continue.

“We are stepping back from it, and we are looking at a number of things,” said Osburn. “We are hoping to have an announcement soon.”