Sophos has announced its intention to purchase UTM vendor Astaro.

Sophos claimed that the planned acquisition will see it offer coordinated protection between the endpoint and network to provide improved security and visibility, along with integrated management and reporting.

Steve Munford, chief executive officer at Sophos, said: “The combination of Astaro's comprehensive portfolio of network security solutions alongside our endpoint, mobile and email and web threat and data protection capabilities will enable us to continue to deliver on our vision of providing complete security without complexity wherever the user and company data resides.”

Jan Hichert, chief executive officer at Astaro, said: “Demand for network security solutions with more comprehensive and high-quality protection is accelerating fast, and yet companies are struggling with the complexity of multiple security solutions to serve these needs.

“We are excited to join forces with Sophos, as we share a common mission and passion for providing the most comprehensive security solutions that are also easy to use. Together, we will deliver to customers the ability to apply consistent security and web and application controls regardless of where the user is or where the network boundary may lie.”

Jack Daniel, co-founder of the Security B-Sides conference and community development manager at Astaro, called the planned acquisition ‘very good news' on Twitter for Astaro customers or partners. “No radical changes, plenty of information will be shared in the coming days,” he said

Sophos said the combination of the two brands can deliver a next-generation set of endpoint and network security solutions to better meet growing customer needs. It said: “Customers need quality integrated network security solutions that offer firewall, VPN, IPS security protection, web, email and application control, in a single platform. This need is growing because organisations of all sizes want better protection against escalating, more complex security threats.

“We will deliver a coordinated endpoint and network security solution that can apply consistent security, web and application policy controls regardless of whether a user is in the corporate network or roaming off the network.

“Further, integrated solutions that address security weaknesses, such as visibility and consistent security policy for both consumer-owned devices accessing the company network and remote offices will be offered. One of the other key benefits will be higher security effectiveness by filtering where it makes most sense, in addition to common updating, reporting and management.”