Sophos Aims for Complete Mobile Protection with New Acquisition
Article by George Norman
On 05 Apr 2012
Sophos, company that provides protection against complex threats and data loss, announced earlier this week that it will make a new acquisition as part of its aim to provide the industry’s most complete mobile device protection. And more to the point, Sophos announced that it entered a definitive agreement to acquire DIALOGS, Germany-based privately-held company that provides mobile management solutions. DIALOGS will aid Sophos improve and solidify its position in the enterprise mobile protection world.

“We’re excited to be joining a complete security leader with deep background in mobile security,” said Frank Zimmermann, co-founder and managing director, DIALOGS. “Our complementary expertise will further strengthen the Sophos mobile development team, resulting in quicker time-to-market to deliver enterprises the industry’s most comprehensive mobile security offerings.”

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Mobile protection solutions are more important than ever. Smartphones are more prevalent than ever and so are tablets. The general trend is to move away from desktop machines and use smartphones and tablets to work and collaborate with others. IT staff has to contend with protecting more devices, with the threat of using unsafe apps, and with the increased risk of device loss and theft.

What Sophos aims to do is provide complete protection for all devices in a business environment. By acquiring DIALOGS, Sophos will add DIALOGS’ SaaS-based and on-premises mobile management technology to its encryption and data protection capabilities. smartMan, DIALOGS’ MDM solution, will form the basis for MDM and mobile management solutions that will be integrated into the Sophos UTM-based suite.

“CISOs and CIOs have major concerns about upholding security policies and ensuring compliance for mobile devices without hindering employee productivity. And in this evolving market, with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) presenting further challenges to IT, our customers need the peace of mind that they can manage and secure all of their devices, irrespective of their users’ device preferences,” said Rainer Gawlick, CMO, Sophos.“ This is only the beginning of Sophos’ complete security offering for mobile devices and will be complemented by solutions for mobile security and mobile data encryption in the coming months. Joining forces with DIALOGS will allow Sophos to offer fully integrated solutions.”




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