Webroot and Email Systems to Merge

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Two security providers combine to form a software-as-a-service security company.

Webroot Software and Email Systems have merged to form a security software-as-a-service provider, capable of delivering e-mail archiving, encryption, anti-spam and anti-phishing services in an on-demand model.

Webroot, traditionally an on-premises security software provider, and Email Systems, a SAAS security provider, will continue to run in their respective markets, although Webroot will eventually take on all support and functions for Email Systems' customers and offerings. Webroot will now offer e-mail and Web management, protection and compliance services integrated with its Webroot AntiSpyware Corporate Edition with AntiVirus end-point protection suite. Both companies reiterated their commitment to channel partners, particularly in the SMB (small and midsize business) space.

"The new organization will incorporate the management, sales, marketing and technical teams of our two companies to create a true global partnership," said Mike Irwin, chief operating officer of Webroot, in a statement. "Our customers will now be able to easily engage a multilayered security strategy that includes industry-leading end-point and SAAS-based perimeter security in a unique and integrated package. Additionally, it will all be offered through our combined global network of channel partners."

IDC expects that worldwide spending on hosted messaging security services, which totaled $300 million in 2006, to reach $1.4 billion by 2011.
Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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