Security vendor OPSWAT snaps up Florida-based Impulse to expand custom offering, adding NAC and more importantly SDP to its MetaAccess portfolio.

OPSWAT a vendor in critical infrastructure protection, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Impulse, a Tampa, FL based cybersecurity firm focused on providing Network Access Control (NAC) solutions and Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) capabilities to a wide range of industries, including financial services, energy, higher education and government agencies, among others.

“This is no impulse purchase, the potential upside for OPSWAT and their customers is clear,” said Jonathon Gordon, Directing Analyst with Takepoint Research.  “A successful integration will position OPSWAT well to shape the zero-trust discussion in the industrial space; a concern being driven by cloud and IIoT adoption.”

The acquisition of Impulse strengthens OPSWAT offerings to include best-of-breed solutions for integrated secure device access — Network Access Control, secure access via SDP, and Secure Device Access via OPSWAT’s MetaAccess. In addition, the leader in critical infrastructure cybersecurity will now also be able to provide an end-to-end NAC solution that is interoperable by design.

“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.”

Impulse was founded by serial entrepreneur David Robinson in 2004 to address the many challenges faced by businesses of managing network access across endpoint devices. The company’s flagship SafeConnect Network Access Control (NAC) product is an award-winning solution that offers flexible endpoint policy management for BYOD while its SafeConnect Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) solution embraces a Zero Trust model to protect data and applications, regardless of whether they reside on-premises or in the Cloud.

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