Sophos has acquired ENDFORCE, a leader in endpoint security policy
compliance and NAC.
Sophos, a world leader in integrated threat management
solutions, today announced that it has acquired ENDFORCE, a leader
in endpoint security policy
compliance and network access control (NAC) solutions for
enterprise customers. Sophos will build on ENDFORCE's position as
the leading standalone NAC solution deployed in environments of
greater than 10,000 users, and also integrate NAC as part of its
comprehensive endpoint security solution.
Munford, CEO of Sophos, said, "This acquisition brings our
customers the most proven mass deployed enterprise NAC solution in
the market. Administrators demand the option of choosing a NAC
provider without the risk of disrupting installed systems, and
Sophos is prepared to meet that demand ahead of its
ENDFORCE, based in Columbus, Ohio, has deployed its software
based NAC solutions to some of the most complex multi-national
corporate networks in the world. CEO Greg Moore said, "Securing the
endpoint is the most practical and effective method to implement
access control over a heterogeneous network."
Sophos's CEO Munford agrees. "The addition of network access
control further expands our proposition of total security and
control over what is allowed to run on the network as well as who
has access and to what."
Robert Whiteley, senior analyst at Forrester said, "The market
seems to have settled on network access control as a key security
technology. Organizations want NAC for increased security across
all access technologies-wired, wireless, and remote-access
The acquisition of a NAC solution completes a year in which
Sophos added application control
intrusion prevention (HIPS) to its endpoint security offering
and follows the launch of the industry's first all-in-one web security appliance designed to
provide content security, application control and URL filtering in
a single appliance solution. The addition of a web appliance and
NAC solution rounds out Sophos's suite of email, web and desktop
solutions for complete security and control.
Sophos will maintain the ENDFORCE operation in Columbus, Ohio,
and expand its global network of engineering, product development,
sales and support to include the existing staff. ENDFORCE products
will continue to be developed and sold under the Sophos brand.