Feeds

Content filtering firms merge to fight the big boys

Marshal8e6 mashed up

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Content filtering firms Marshal and 8e6 Technologies have agreed to merge. Financial terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed.

The combined firm will be rather inelegantly known as Marshal8e6 and start off with 20,000 customers and sales of $50m over the past 12 months, according to a statement the company put out. It all sounds like a moderately secure web password, or perhaps a Twitter login ID for someone into classic British valve amps.

The merger marks an attempt by two smaller firms to combine forces against larger competitors like Websense and Symantec in the internet content security market.

Marshal brings email and web content security software to the party, whereas 8e6 is best known for its web filtering appliances. The combined firm will have 250 workers and major R&D and sales operations in California and the UK, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand and Taipei, Taiwan.

In its previous guise Marshal, the larger of the two firms, enjoyed its strongest market presence in schools, universities and small businesses selling content filtering technology. The combined firm is targeting the secure web gateway market for growth in a move that will put it toe-to-toe with the likes of Fortinet and others, though it's still essentially a content filtering firm.

Although Marshal8e6 has technology to filter anything from emails to IM and websites it lacks the firewall or intrusion protection technology that would push it into the unified threat management appliance market. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...
FYI this isn't just going to target Windows, Linux and OS X fans
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described
'A degree of technical competence rarely seen'
Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?
If you do, tell NOBODY what it's for or how it works
Syrian Electronic Army in news site 'hack' POP-UP MAYHEM
Gigya redirect exploit blamed for pop-rageous ploy
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.