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Webroot merges with U.K.-based Email Systems

U.S.-based security company is gambling that businesses will embrace the hybrid security solution of on-premise and hosted software service.

Webroot Software announced on Tuesday it has merged with U.K.-based Email Systems, a software-as-a-service security company.

The purchase will allow Webroot, a security software maker based in Boulder, Colo., to provide businesses with e-mail archiving, image scanning and encryption, Web filtering, and antispam, antiphishing and antivirus services.

Email Systems currently protects more than 1,500 businesses and 2.5 million e-mail boxes worldwide. The company filters and scans more than 1.2 billion messages per month. Last week, it was named CRN UK's Security Vendor of the Year.

Webroot, maker of Spy Sweeper, will continue its current relationship with U.K.-based Sophos for antivirus protection.

Webroot said it will support all existing customers of Email Systems with Webroot's technical support. Additionally, Webroot current business customers can obtain a free, 14-day trial of Email Security SaaS.