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Sophos acquires Mojave Networks to bolster mobile app security

Sophos looks to strengthen its cloud security offerings for mobile security with the acquisition of Mojave Networks, a mobile security startup.

Sophos Ltd. Tuesday announced the acquisition of Mojave Networks Inc. to strengthen its mobile app security offering.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2011, Mojave Networks specializes in cloud-based security tools designed to protect mobile applications and devices within the enterprise. The vendor, based in San Mateo, Calif., offers cloud-only services for a variety of areas, including mobile device management, Web filtering, and mobile application security and control, with no on-premises software.

Mojave, formerly known as Clutch Mobile, closed a $5 million round in venture capital funding last November led by Bessemer Venture Partners and participation from Sequoia Capital. Earlier this year, the company introduced Mojave Threat Labs to conduct research and analysis of mobile security threats and vulnerabilities.

Sophos, based in Oxford, U.K., said the addition of Mojave will complement Sophos' own network security products and help it address "an increasingly mobile workforce and an explosion of mobile devices" that have created serious security challenges for enterprises.

"Mojave Networks is a young, innovative company that has built a leading platform right at the intersection of three cutting-edge areas of security: cloud, Web security and mobile," Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman said in a press statement. "We're dedicated to delivering security that is both powerful and comprehensive, but also simple. By integrating Mojave Networks' technology into Sophos Cloud, we're extending our leadership position and enhancing an offering that is already one of the fastest-growing products in Sophos' history."

Sophos, which made its initial foray into network security three years ago with its acquisition of midmarket UTM vendor Astaro, said it plans to integrate Mojave Networks' technology into the Sophos Cloud portfolio starting in early 2015; integration with Sophos' network security appliance is scheduled for late next year. Sophos said the integration will deliver a security platform for desktop, network and mobile IT that can be accessed through a cloud-based console.

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What's your reaction to the Sophos acquisition of Mojave Networks?
I think it definitely will be a boost to Sophos. Just from a mobile security perspective, customers will now see emerging threats through real-time intelligence. People will appreciate staying ahead of security attacks.