Sophos acquires Astaro

Purchase will allow Sophos to deliver data protection from every endpoint to any network boundary

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Sophos acquires Astaro Sophos has completed its acquisition of network security vendor Astaro.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 10, 2011

Sophos has completed its acquisition of network security vendor Astaro, the acquisition is designed to enhance Sophos threat and data-protection offerings and allow the company to deliver threat and data protection offerings from every endpoint to any network boundary.

"Never before has the security and IT environment been so challenging to secure for our customers," said Steve Munford, chief executive officer, Sophos. "Together Sophos and Astaro have the ingredients to uniquely solve today and tomorrow's increasingly complex security challenges while allowing IT to enable users to work more flexibly and embrace new devices and applications."

The acquisition will deliver a combination of endpoint protection with UTM and once the integration of the two companies is completed, the Sophos portfolio of security products will combine Astaro's network security with Sophos' threat expertise.

The first step of the integration with Astaro Security Gateway and Sophos Anti-Virus is designed to bring real-time protection against malware using Sophos Live Protection infrastructure and Sophos Web protection with real-time blocking of malicious websites via SophosLabs web reputation systems.  

Integration will also allow central management of anti-malware, web and data control policies across endpoint, mobile and network enforcement points - including consumer-owned mobile devices and branch, home or remote offices.  This is aimed at offering corporate IT department's better visibility and control, whether the enforcement points are enterprise, consumer owned or remote. 

Sophos partners will be able to gain access to the full Astaro network security portfolio including capabilities for protecting branch offices, log management and a network security gateway available in any delivery model, once they have completed Astaro partner certification and Astaro partners will have the opportunity to become Sophos partners and deliver a complete set of endpoint, mobile and gateway solutions to their customers.

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