Goodbye Jack

Jack DanielIt’s a sad day for us at Sophos, and our friends at Astaro, as Jack Daniel is leaving us.

I won’t beat around the bush, when I heard that Sophos was planning to acquire Astaro one of the things I was most excited about was the prospect of working alongside Jack.

All of us who work at SophosLabs were looking forward to learning from Jack, and I know that I was definitely anticipating getting him writing for us here on Naked Security, sharing his knowledge, experience and expertise with our readers.

However, Jack’s been offered a fantastic new opportunity he couldn’t refuse at Tenable, in its product management department. You can read more about this in a blog post by Jack himself.

So although we’re gutted to be losing you Jack, congratulations on your new position! Our loss is their gain, and I know you’ll do well.

We’re sorry to see you go. You’re a great chap (and Tenable is a lucky company!), and here’s wishing you every success at your new job.

Although I and the rest of the Naked Security team are sorry to see you going (you would have made our team photos look 100x cooler for one thing), we’ll be watching what you get up to with interest.

Sophos to acquire Astaro – some reactions

Astaro appliancesEarlier today Sophos announced its plan to acquire Astaro, a world-leader in internet security appliances.

You can read the official announcement and FAQs for yourself, and learn more about Astaro and its products on the Astaro website.

It’s an exciting time for Sophos, but rather than me bore you to tears about it, I thought I’d share some links where you can see what other people have to say about it.

Here’s some of the coverage which has appeared since the deal was announced:

“Sophos buys security appliance firm Astaro”, John Leyden, The Register.

“Sophos moves beyond the endpoint with Astaro buy”, Alan Shimel, Ashimmy blog.

“Sophos buys into unified threat management with Astaro purchase”, Phil Muncaster, V3.

“Sophos has acquired network specialist Astaro”, The H.

“Sophos gobbles up UTM outfit Astaro”, Doug Woodburn, CRN.

“Sophos to acquire Astaro in network security push”, Andrew R Hickey, CRN.

“Sophos announces intention to acquire Astaro”, Dan Raywood, SC Magazine.

“Sophos acquires internet security appliance maker Astaro”, Robin Wauters, Techcrunch.

And some comments from the Twittersphere:

Firstly, security blogger Mike Rothman:

Mike Rothman

Here's our take on #Sophos / #Astaro. We like the deal. Sophos Wishes Upon A-star-o.

IDC analyst Eric Domage:


Sophos acquires Astaro. Birth of a little Giant. Good news for Flag lovers + "IT Security made simple " lovers like me !

and some other chaps:

Gagandeep S Sapra

#Sophos to Acquire #Astaro a great product in the making …. 🙂

Steve Werby

@ I wonder if the acquisition was less for the tools and customers and more for the "talent" (slang for @'s beard).

If you’re not familiar with Jack Daniel, you should be. He’s the community development manager at Astaro, and very active in the information security world.

Aside from co-founding and organising the Security B-Sides events, Jack also finds time to write his Uncommon Sense Security blog, contribute to the Astaro security blog, and grow a mighty fine beard.

We’re delighted to have Jack and the rest of the talented staff at Astaro joining the Sophos family.