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OPSWAT Acquires Network Access Control Provider Impulse

Critical infrastructure protection company OPSWAT has acquired Network Access Control (NAC) and Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) solutions provider Impulse.

OPSWAT helps organizations implement processes to ensure that files and devices are securely transferred to and from critical networks. The company says it provides services to over 98% of U.S. nuclear power facilities and more than 1,000 organizations globally, including in the financial services, defense, manufacturing, energy, aerospace, and transportation sectors.

Founded in 2004, Tampa, FL-based Impulse provides secure access to traditional networks, along with remote and cloud access for financial services, energy, higher education and government organizations, among others.

Following the acquisition, OPSWAT plans to absorb and integrate Impulse’s products and teams, but says it will maintain the company’s office in Tampa to serve as its first East Coast hub.

OPSWAT will provide NAC, secure access via SDP, and Secure Device Access via its endpoint compliance and security platform MetaAccess, which is designed to prevent devices considered risky from accessing local networks and cloud applications.

The acquisition, the company says, will allow it to provide an interoperable end-to-end NAC solution to its customers.

The company will integrate the new Tampa location to expand its anytime, anywhere customer support — support centers currently exist in EMEA, APAC and San Francisco — and plans on hiring more engineering, IT, and customer service staff in Tampa.

"We made the decision to acquire Impulse after careful evaluation of many different SDP and NAC vendors and are confident that integrating Impulse's core technologies and teams with OPSWAT will deliver best-in-class network protection to our customers," said Benny Czarny, OPSWAT founder and CEO.

"Through this combined solution, we will now be better positioned to extend our 'trust no device, trust no file' doctrine to the network itself, empowering our joint customers to enforce access policies with ease, prevent known and unknown threats, and reduce their overall risk exposure," Czarny added.

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