Astaro has been acquired by Sophos

Astaro, the German company behind the suite of Linux-based network and host-based security applications and devices, has been acquired by Sophos, a UK-based provider of enterprise network and endpoint security solutions. An email to that effect was sent to Astaro’s users and partners today.

Excerpts from the email reads:

Dear Astaro Customers and Users,

In 2009 we began to expand beyond our Unified Threat Management business. New offerings such as Astaro RED, Astaro Web Application Security, Astaro Wireless Security, and Astaro Mail Archiving have already been well received by the market.

Most recently the announcement of Astaro Endpoint Security has been well received, and reaffirms our strategy to build a complete IT security solution for our customers.

Several months ago Sophos approached Astaro with the idea to bring the two companies together and merge the award-winning Sophos Endpoint Security with the award-winning Astaro Security Gateway in order to bring security to the next level. And we are proud to announce that this will indeed happen, as we have now signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Sophos.

Together with Sophos we will offer a complete security solution, deliver protection regardless of where the user is, what device they are using, or where the company’s network boundary may lie.

With more than 100 million users in 150 countries, Sophos is the fastest growing of the three largest endpoint security companies. And 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.

Astaro will be the network security product line within Sophos and will be able to leverage a global brand and a larger organization with complementary technologies. We will continue to focus on delivering high quality network security products and their role in what will be the industry’s first coordinated gateway and endpoint security solution. Our clear goal is to make our offering even better and offer solutions and services that provide differentiated and complete, layered threat and data protection. However, we are aware you have questions and wish to answer them as
best we can.

What does this acquisition mean for users of Astaro’s Security Gateway?

Free Licenses Will Stay: The Astaro customer and user community has been an important part of our success in the past and will be in the future. Therefore we do not plan to change the home and essential firewall licenses.

The key phrase there is, “do not plan to.” That is legalese for, “not right now, but we could in the future.” Keep your fingers crossed. You may read the press release here.

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