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Zeus acquires art of defence

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Zeus announced the acquisition of art of defence, a German-based distributed web application firewall vendor.

According to Zeus, the acquisition is in direct response to the increased demand to protect web applications from security threats exacerbated by cloud deployment. It said that the Zeus art of defence technologies have been designed to run on any virtualisation or cloud platform, making the two product sets a perfect fit.

All art of defence's staff will transition into Zeus' new German operating company and in addition to being integrated into the Zeus portfolio, art of defence's hyperguard product line will continue to be offered as a standalone product.

Jim Darragh, CEO of Zeus, said: “After partnering with art of defence for several years, we are excited to take the next step in fully integrating the industry's most robust distributed web application firewall into our platform.

“Like Zeus, art of defence is focused on providing customers with solutions that meet the needs of dynamic virtual and cloud environments. By coming together, we can ensure we continue to push the pace of innovation for our customers, while providing them with the best support team.”

Georg Hess, founder and CEO of art of defence, said: “We have always strived to make web applications completely safe and secure in any deployment scenario, by joining forces with Zeus, we will be able to deliver our products embedded within the industry's best load balancing and traffic management solutions.

“This alliance is a natural fit for us, offering the resources and technology to continue to build distributed web application firewall technology with unparalleled flexibility and effectiveness, while still providing our existing customers and partners the high level of support they are accustomed to.”
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