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AppRiver Acquires Endpoint Security Provider Total Defense

AppRiver has acquired Total Defense, a provider of subscription-based endpoint security for consumers and small businesses, the companies confirmed today. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AppRiver's threat intelligence technology will ultimately surface in Total Defense's endpoint security offerings. The effort will bolster AppRiver's mission to be a one-stop provider of security solutions and recurring revenue opportunities for channel partners, the company predicted. 

AppRiver CFO Kevin Hatch
AppRiver CFO Kevin Hatch
AppRiver CTO Joel Smith

In a prepared statement, AppRiver CTO and Co-Founder Joel Smith said:

“We evaluated a broad set of endpoint security providers and found that Total Defense’s technology was the strongest and an excellent complement to AppRiver’s existing solutions. Our threat intelligence data will enhance Total Defense’s endpoint offering and position AppRiver to develop and bring to market another best-in-class solution to our partners and the SMB customers they serve.”

This is AppRiver's second security-related acquisition in recent months. The earlier deal involved buying Roaring Penguin for anti-spam and machine learning technologies. The company also hired Kevin Hatch as CFO in January 2018. The M&A and talent moves surfaced after AppRiver lined up private equity funding in October 2017.

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AppRiver: Past, Present, Future

AppRiver launched in 2002 primarily as a spam- and virus-filtering company, but the firm has since expanded to offer a suite of cybersecurity and productivity solutions including web malware protection, email encryption, secure archiving and email continuity services. That expansion has generated plenty of MSP traction. The company surfaced on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private businesses in America for 11 consecutive years.

Fast forward to present day, and AppRiver's channel partners protect more than 60,000 companies worldwide against cyberthreats. The company also claims to rank among the world’s top Office 365 and Secure Hosted Exchange providers.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.