Acquisition-hungry Microsoft is bolstering its security offering by adding another vendor to its stable.
Just weeks after acquiring anti-spyware vendor Giant Company Software, Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire anti-virus and anti-spam vendor Sybari, the software giant has revealed. No financial details were disclosed.
A Microsoft representative said: "This reflects Microsoft's deep commitment to security. After the deal closes, support will continue to be provided for the entire current Sybari product line across all technology platforms.
"Because the Sybari anti-virus product enables the use of multiple scan engines, Microsoft will work with partners to help business customers guard against viruses, worms and spam."
Robert Wallace, chief executive of Sybari, said: "We're excited that through the addition of Microsoft's expertise and contribution, our products will be available to even more firms."
Sean O'Brien, managing director of security VAR DVV Solutions, said Microsoft had made "a smart move".
He added: "Microsoft is not renowned for its security reputation and it has picked up security firms in the past.
"Sybari provides a good security niche product and does not have a huge footprint in the market, so I think this will take quite a while to have some effect."
A representative of rival security vendor Symantec seemed unconcerned about the move.
"Sybari provides only the plumbing that enables engine integrations with Microsoft Exchange and other gateway products, but not the core security service and response technologies," he said.
"This acquisition does not provide Microsoft with the necessary security and anti-virus response infrastructure to support the virus protection needs of enterprise customers. The technology still requires support from third party vendors."
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