Complete security leader Sophos today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DIALOGS, a privately-held provider of mobile management solutions, headquartered in Germany. DIALOGS, one of Europeâ€™s leading mobile device management (MDM) providers with customers such as BMW AG, Daimler AG, Siemens AG and ThyssenKrupp, brings twenty years of experience in mobile product development. This acquisition further solidifies Sophosâ€™s leadership position within enterprise mobile protection.
The increased prevalence of smartphones and tablets represents a major shift in the way people and businesses work and collaborate. IT staff at enterprises of all sizes are faced with new challenges and risks in handling and securing an array of corporate and personal devices. That, coupled with the ever-expanding usage of apps and the threat of device loss or theft, reinforces the importance of mobile data protection solutions.
Sophos allays IT worries and ensures that customers have complete protection everywhere and on any device, all without impacting business productivity. The companyâ€™s award-winning solution â€“ Sophos Mobile Control â€“ is designed specifically for enterprises to simply and quickly secure, monitor and control mobile devices. As a key concern for mobile device users is having secure access to corporate data, the combination of Sophosâ€™s encryption andÂ data protection capabilities and DIALOGSâ€™ SaaS-based and on-premises mobile management technology provides a unique value proposition to the market â€“ secure collaboration from everywhere.
“IT continues to see large numbers of mobile devices coming into the enterprise â€“ both corporate and employee-liable â€“ 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 center stage. Now more than ever, IT needs to focus on app data traveling 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 strengthens 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 UTM-based (Unified Threat Management) suite. Additionally, DIALOGS offers mobile communication services for fast and reliable mobile messaging and location-based services, which Sophos will continue to support.
â€œCISOs 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 (BYOD) 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 usersâ€™ device preferences,â€? said Rainer Gawlick, CMO, Sophos.â€œ This is only the beginning of Sophosâ€™ 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.â€?
â€œWeâ€™re excited to be joining a complete security leader with deep background in mobile security,â€? said Frank Zimmermann, co-founder and managing director, DIALOGS. â€œOur complementary expertise will further strengthen the Sophos mobile development team, resulting in quicker time-to-market to deliver enterprises the industryâ€™s most comprehensive mobile security offerings.â€?
DIALOGS, one of Europeâ€™s leading mobile data communication providers, enables the professional use of locating mobile devices via GSM and GPS as well as fast and reliable short message service (SMS) communication worldwide. DIALOGSÂ´ core competencies are mobile device management for smartphones and tablets, and remote access solutions for optimized and secure communication. DIALOGS solutions can be used with all major devices and operating systems, such as Apple iPhones and iPads, including the latest iOS5 release, Google Android phones and tablets, Symbian, Windows Mobile devices and RIM BlackBerry.