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MessageLabs

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MessageLabs
File:Message labs logo.png
Type
Acquired by Symantec Corporation in 2008
Founded 📆1999 (1999)
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️Gloucester, England
Area served 🗺️
Products 🎛️ 🧴Email, web and Instant Messaging security
Members
Number of employees
Websitewww.messagelabs.com
address
telephone

MessageLabs was a company, founded in 1999 by brothers Ben and Jos White and partners,[1] providing cloud based software as a service integrating messaging and web security services. MessageLabs provided a range of managed security services to protect, control, encrypt, and archive communications across Email, Web, and Instant Messaging.

On October 8, 2008 Symantec announced the acquisition of MessageLabs for a cash sum of £310 million plus US$154 million. The deal closed on November 14, 2008.[2]

The White brothers, along with MessageLabs' financial director Stephen Chandler, invested a share of their proceeds in establishing Notion Capital.

History[edit]

In 2005 Messagelabs acquired Omnipod.[3]

In 2006 MessageLabs ended a strategic partnership with ScanSafe, a competing security company, with the release of an in-house web security product titled Web Security Service Version 2. A resultant court judgment brought about by ScanSafe required MessageLabs to notify all prospective clients that the Version 2 service is not based on ScanSafe technology.[4]

In 2007 the company split from Star Technology Services, the original founder of MessageLabs.[5]

References[edit]

  1. Doidge, Fleur (2008-10-28). "MessageLabs brothers get £100m Notion". CRN. Retrieved 23 November 2013. (subscription required)
  2. "Symantec Completes Acquisition of MessageLabs". Symantec.
  3. "MessageLabs to buy OmniPod for IM security". CNET.
  4. "ScanSafe forces MessageLabs to clarify sales pitches". Out-Law.
  5. "MBO splits Star and MessageLabs". The Register.


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