Sophos to purchase network security firm Astaro

The deal, announced late last week, has Sophos snapping up Germany-based network security firm Astaro. Last year Astaro brought in approximately $56 million in sales as a provider of unified threat management (UTM) products.

Astaro’s current staff includes 220 employees in nine countries. According to a spokesperson from the company, Astaro will operate as usual for the remainder of 2011 to reach the company’s established revenue and business goals. This same spokesperson told Infosecurity that the company would run as a separate division, for the time being, “with employees focused on their normal responsibilities”.

According to a statement from Sophos, the firm expects the acquisition to give it an industry-first capability of “coordinated protection and policy between endpoint and network.”

“The combination of Astaro’s comprehensive portfolio of network security solutions alongside our endpoint, mobile, and email and web threat and data protection capabilities will enable us to continue to deliver on our vision of providing complete security without complexity wherever the user and company data resides,” said Sophos chief executive Steve Munford, in a press release statement.

The exact terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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