SOPHOS has acquired ActiveState, a North American software company that develops anti-spam software for enterprises and professional tools for open source language programmers.
Driven by mounting pressures to ensure a secure and low-cost infrastructure, organisations are increasingly demanding consolidated protection against security threats such as viruses, spam and policy breaches.
As a division of Sophos, the existing ActiveState team is committed to continuing its support of the open source language community.
Industry analyst Gartner claims up to 50 per cent of the average business mailbox is spam. Although both the US and UK governments are proposing legislation against spammers, the problem is threatening to swamp businesses, preventing them from operating efficiently.
Acquiring ActiveState leaves Sophos well positioned to meet enterprise demands for consolidated email protection.