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Sophos acquires network security firm Astaro

July 13, 2011 • Security

Steve Munford, Chief Executive Officer for Sophos

Sophos, an IT security and data protection company, has completed its acquisition of Astaro, a network security vendor.

The acquisition will allow Sophos to deliver co-ordinated data protection offerings from every endpoint to any network boundary.

“Organisations today face new challenges in protecting users and IT infrastructure from complex and targeted security threats – especially those that gain entry from across the Web or through new applications.”

“As workforces become distributed across multiple offices, including the home, even basic security controls have become hard to update and enforce. Through this acquisition, Sophos will address the need for security solutions that provide threat and policy protection no matter where the user or company data resides,” says Steve Munford, Chief Executive Officer for  Sophos.

“Never before has the security and IT environment been so challenging to secure for our customers,” says Munford.

“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.”

“We founded Astaro with the mission of bringing network security products to organizations of all sizes and accomplished this goal by creating easy-to-use, Unified Threat Management solutions that addressed several facets of network security. However, as the threat landscape continued to evolve it became clear that gateway security alone would no longer be sufficient to effectively secure a network,” says Jan Hichert, Astaro co-founder and CEO and now Sophos Senior Vice President and General Manager for Network Security.

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