Sophos has acquired India-based network security player Cyberoam as it looks to combine the firm's UTM, and firewall products with its existing network and wireless portfolio.
The dedication from Cyberoam towards the channel was highlighted as one of the main benefits of the tie-up, which will also significantly boost the networking security portfolio that Sophos can offer.
“Cyberoam has built a strong reputation as an aggressive and nimble innovator in the network security market, and like Sophos, has a ‘channel-first’ approach and reputation for delivering top-notch service and support," said Kris Hagerman, CEO for Sophos.
"The acquisition expands and accelerates our network security roadmap to grow our presence in UTM, advanced threat protection, wireless and next generation firewall – some of the fastest growing markets in all of IT. This also continues our focus of providing exciting opportunities to grow our channel partners and customers," he added.
In a blog post, Hagerman said that it would be 'business as usual' for both firms and there would be no changes to either vendor's UTM product roadmaps for this year, "Over time, we will certainly look for opportunities to leverage the best of both companies to enhance our existing products and to add new products to our roadmap."
Hemal Patel, CEO of Cyberoam, said that it had been growing its network security business and the tie-up with Sophos would accelerate that development: "Our global footprint, commitment to the channel and complete security portfolio are clear competitive differentiators."