Feeds

Webroot taps UK-based email filtering firm

Anti-spyware firm moves into security services

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Anti-spyware firm Webroot has announced a deal to merge with UK-based security as a service firm Email Systems. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were not publically disclosed. The merged firm will be called Webroot.

Webroot (the much larger firm and obvious lead partner in the deal) said the merger agreement would allow it to offer a range of email and web filtering services to enterprise organisations, particularly small businesses. Email Systems, established five years ago, competes with the likes of MessageLabs in offering security as a service. Its services protect an estimated 2.5 million email boxes at 1,500 businesses worldwide.

Neil Hammerton, chief exec of Email Systems, cited the chance to take advantage of Webroot's global support and reseller network as among its main reasons for throwing in its lot with the anti-spyware firm. Webroot said it will be "retaining all current employees" and accelerating targeted new hires. It also reaffirmed its commitment to a channel-led sales model in the hosted security space.

Analyst IDC reckons worldwide spending on hosted messaging security services, which totalled $300m in 2006, will reach $1.4bn by 2011. ®

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers
They're not emails, they're business records, says court
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs
BadUSB instructs gadget chips to inject key-presses, redirect net traffic and more
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?