AppRiver has acquired Roaring Penguin Software, an Ottawa-based email security firm, in a move that will bolster AppRiver’s footprint in Canada and provide a local presence from which it can accelerate sales of its cybersecurity solutions as well as Office 365.
Roaring Penguin offers anti-spam and anti-virus email filtering software to a broad base of managed service providers, internet service providers, universities, governments and commercial businesses throughout North America and Europe.
“This acquisition is the first of a series of initiatives aimed at establishing AppRiver as the global go-to cloud cybersecurity and productivity company for SMB customers and the channel partners who serve them,” said Michael Murdoch, president and CEO at AppRiver, which offers its products via channel partners. “The combination with Roaring Penguin gives us the ability to establish a leading Office 365 business in Canada, and the integration of Roaring Penguin’s anti-spam technology with SecureTide allows us to further differentiate our product offering. With our enhanced SecureTide product, expanded geographic presence and new Nautical platform, we believe we are well positioned to help our partners succeed in a cloud-centric world.”
“We did our homework before making the decision to join forces with AppRiver,” said Dianne Skoll, Roaring Penguin’s founder and CEO. “The company’s reputation for incredible customer service, combined with its long track record in the security space, reassured us that our partners and clients will be well taken care of.”
The Roaring Penguin acquisition brings intellectual property, which includes anti-spam techniques, that will integrate with AppRiver’s existing SecureTide platform and build on the strengths of both.
“Cybercriminals never stop innovating, and neither can we,” said Joel Smith, AppRiver CTO and co-founder. “Many companies in the spam and virus filtering space have become stagnant in terms of new technology and cutting-edge tactics. We intend to stay ahead of the pack and the bad guys by continuously improving our security. Roaring Penguin’s automated system will give us an important edge.”