Sophos buys SurfRight

Acquisition to strengthen and accelerate next-generation endpoint protection

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Sophos buys SurfRight Hagerman says SurfRight is a growing, profitable business with an established customer base and proven security capabilities.
By  Manda Banda Published  December 20, 2015

Sophos, a global provider of network and endpoint security, has announced the acquisition of SurfRight, a maker of signature-less next-generation endpoint threat detection and response (ETDR) and advanced threat prevention solutions.

Based in Hengelo, Netherlands, SurfRight has developed a portfolio of technologies that prevent, detect and remediate zero-day and sophisticated attacks by interrupting malware and advanced persistent threat (APT) vectors.

Sophos said the acquisition will strengthen its leading endpoint protection technology, by adding complementary new defence tactics, delivered either on premise or in the cloud.

"SurfRight is a growing, profitable business with an established customer base and proven security capabilities. The team has engineered powerful, innovative next generation endpoint technologies that provide multiple advanced protection and mitigation elements, and yet are simple to use," said Kris Hagerman, CEO at Sophos. "SurfRight's products embody the same product vision we have at Sophos - that even the most advanced IT security products should be simple to deploy and manage by organisations of any size. We are excited to welcome SurfRight to Sophos and look forward to introducing the benefits of this leading-edge technology to our global customer and partner base."

Sophos will immediately work to integrate the SurfRight technology into its line of endpoint security solutions, the company said in a statement.

"Sophos offers SurfRight the opportunity to be part of a high-growth industry leader with a world-class channel and specialised product development teams to accelerate the delivery of our technology into IT organisations of all sizes," said Mark Loman, CEO at SurfRight.

Loman added that: "We built this new technology from the ground up to address every vector of an APT attack in an auto-responding, coordinated manner, thus enhancing the speed of detection and response. SurfRight's unique next generation endpoint security software complements Sophos' offerings and delivers advanced security capabilities to better protect businesses worldwide."

Dan Schiappa, senior vice president of End-user Security at Sophos, said: "The team at SurfRight has developed cutting-edge technology that interrupts and mitigates even custom-made malware and exploits unknown to traditional antivirus or network-based intrusion detection systems."

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