Proofpoint has acquired Maildistiller, a provider of SaaS email security solutions to bolster its cloud architecture.

As part of a plan to expand its Proofpoint Essentials suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) security and compliance solutions, it acquired the Northern Ireland-based company, which is specifically designed for channel distribution through multi-level distribution and managed service providers (MSPs).

According to Proofpoint, the technology will enable Proofpoint Essentials to combine the security and threat detection capabilities with ease of use, multi-level channel management and modern SaaS architecture required to serve the mid-to-small enterprise market.

Gary Steele, CEO of Proofpoint, said: “This new acquisition will enable us to offer the same core technology used by the world's largest and most successful security conscious companies to a new set of customers served through broad security resellers and MSP partners who are currently experiencing a lot of pain.

“We see tremendous value in being able to deliver a superior and scalable solution through the channel to this important customer set.”

Colm McGoldrick, formerly CEO and founder of Maildistiller, will now act as vice president of Proofpoint Essentials. He said: “We're excited to become part of a company with such leading edge technology and global market presence. We see this as the perfect opportunity to accelerate the market success we've already had through a channel distribution strategy."