Sophos to acquire Astaro

In a press release, Sophos announces its intention to acquire Astaro, named “visionary” in the enterprise firewall and the Unified Threat Management (UTM) Gartner Magic Quadrants in 2009 and 2010, and one of the fastest growing network security vendors in the IT Security market.

We’re including some frequently asked questions and a link to the press release so you can learn more about Astaro and the benefits this acquisition will bring. Please check back soon for more information.
Q.  What is the strategy that drove this acquisition?

A. Our strategy is to provide complete data and threat protection for IT, regardless of device type, user location, or network boundaries. Today, we offer solutions for endpoint security, data protection, and email and web security gateways. The combination of Sophos and Astaro can deliver a next generation set of endpoint and network security solutions to better meet growing customer needs. Sophos continues to gain market share and win new customers and partners because of our relentless focus on providing the best security with less complexity, together with delivering best-in-class customer support. With the addition of Astaro’s network security, we will be the first provider to deliver truly coordinated threat protection, data protection and policy from any endpoint to any network boundary.

Q.  What are the customer needs that are driving this?

A. There are two major trends causing challenges for companies. Customers need quality integrated network security solutions—that offer firewall, VPN, IPS security protection, web, email and application control—in a single platform. This need is growing because organizations of all sizes want better protection against escalating, more complex security threats. The threat landscape has changed dramatically: with more attacks coming from the Web and applications, and companies requiring more sophisticated and layered protection to effectively combat these threats.

Disruptive technology trends are making it harder for IT to protect their users and IT infrastructure. Roaming employees, workers with non- company owned devices, and employees in small branch offices, are increasingly prone to infection from security attacks, particularly Web-borne threats such as Fake AV. IT security and network managers are struggling to gain visibility and control over users and the span of their network infrastructure. They are relying on multiple user policies and security solutions for endpoint, guest networking, web security, and network security, to piece together protection and control for their business.

Integrating network security with world-class threat expertise together with endpoint security is the best answer.

Q.  How do Sophos and Astaro together address these customer needs?

A. We believe the combination of complementary security solutions from Sophos and Astaro can deliver a next generation set of endpoint and network security solutions to better meet growing customer needs.

More details will be announced as the two companies integrate, but customers and partners can expect Astaro network security solutions to be available with Sophos threat protection capabilities. We will deliver a coordinated endpoint and network security solution that can apply consistent security, web, and application policy controls regardless of whether a user is in the corporate network or roaming off the network.  Further, integrated solutions that address security weaknesses, such as visibility and consistent security policy for both consumer-owned devices accessing the company network and remote offices will be offered.  One of the other key benefits will be higher security effectiveness by filtering where it makes most sense, in addition to common updating, reporting and management.

Q: Who is Astaro?

A. Astaro is a privately-held company co-headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany and Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA. Founded in the year 2000, Astaro offers a visionary portfolio of solutions to simplify network security.

This portfolio is comprised of:

  • The Astaro Security Gateway—a full network security platform which includes firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), virtual private network (VPN), wireless, email, and web security
  • Branch office security (RED, or Remote Ethernet Device)
  • Log management
  • An email archiving cloud service

The company has more than 56,000 customer installations in 60 countries, along with over 2,500 channel partners and more than 220 employees.

Astaro has a history of innovation in delivering differentiated features as well as a focus on ease-of-use. This will enable Sophos to deliver on the vision of protecting any users, anywhere.

Sophos and Astaro have similar corporate cultures, focused on innovation and velocity, and share the vision of delivering the best IT security while making it less complex.

Q. What are the benefits of the combination for Sophos and Astaro customers?

A. The combination will provide you coordinated network and endpoint security solutions and the layered protection to   protect against complex and web- based threats and safeguard data across the gaps created by user-owned devices, mobile users, and dissolving network perimeters.

Q. What are the benefits to Sophos and Astaro channel partners?

A. The combined company will deliver more innovative quality solutions, and bring coordinated layered protection between network and endpoint security to meet the current gaps in market offerings, and better meet customer needs today and tomorrow.  As a result, our partners will have the ability to offer truly differentiated security solutions to their customers.

About Astaro

Astaro offers the most complete and easy to use network security appliances available. Astaro’s award-winning products provide the latest protection with the best total cost of ownership. Software, hardware and virtual appliance offerings provide users the flexibility to meet a wide variety of deployment scenarios. Distributed by a growing worldwide network of more than 2,500 resellers, more than 56,000 Astaro installations protect business, school and government networks against IT security threats. Astaro, headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, offers free downloads of its products at www.astaro.com.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.

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