Sophos acquires Dialogs


Plans to provide the industry's most complete mobile device protection

Security provider, Sophos, has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dialogs, a privately-held provider of mobile management solutions, headquartered in Germany.

Dialogs, a mobile device management (MDM) provider with customers such as BMW, Daimler, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, brings twenty years of experience in mobile product development. This acquisition further solidifies Sophos's position within enterprise mobile protection.

As a key concern for mobile device users is having secure access to corporate data, the combination of Sophos's encryption and data protection capabilities and Dialogs' SaaS-based and on-premises mobile management technology provides a unique value proposition to the market, Sophos claimed; secure collaboration from everywhere.

“IT continues to see large numbers of mobile devices coming into the enterprise, both corporate and employee-liable, and is under intense pressure to bring these devices under control,” said Chris Hazelton, research director, Mobile & Wireless, 451 Research. “Email was the initial pain point, but management of mobile apps is taking centre stage. Now more than ever, IT needs to focus on app data travelling across these devices. The ability to provide a flexible SaaS MDM offering paired with mobile application management (MAM) will go a long way toward solving the mobility challenges faced by IT today.”

Together with Dialogs, Sophos is strengthening its mobile footprint, providing customers with complete security for their mobile workforces. Dialogs offers an MDM solution, smartMan, which is already at the core of Sophos Mobile Control and will form the basis for MDM and mobile management solutions that will be integrated into the Sophos unified threat management-based suite. Additionally, Dialogs offers mobile communication services for fast and reliable mobile messaging and location-based services, which Sophos will continue to support.

“CISOs and CIOs have major concerns about upholding security policies and ensuring compliance for mobile devices without hindering employee productivity. And in this evolving market, with bring your own device presenting further challenges to IT, our customers need the peace of mind that they can manage and secure all of their devices, irrespective of their users' device preferences,” said Rainer Gawlick, CMO, Sophos. “This is only the beginning of Sophos' complete security offering for mobile devices and will be complemented by solutions for mobile security and mobile data encryption in the coming months. Joining forces with DIALOGS will allow Sophos to offer fully integrated solutions.”


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