OREANDA-NEWS. February 07, 2018. Proofpoint, Inc., (NASDAQ:PFPT), a leading cybersecurity company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. Founded based on pioneering research into phishing attacks, Wombat is recognized by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

“Because threat actors target employees as the weakest link, companies need to continuously train employees and arm them with real-time threat data,” said Gary Steele, Proofpoint CEO. “The acquisition of Wombat gives us greater ability to help protect our customers from today’s people-centric cyberattacks, as cybercriminals look for new ways to exploit the human factor. We are thrilled to welcome Wombat’s employees to the Proofpoint team.”

As cyber criminals increasingly target companies through their employees, enterprises need to ensure they have the most effective security in place to enable employees to identify and avoid attacks that blend in with the way people work today. Proofpoint is committed to helping customers stay protected from the ever-growing proliferation of phishing attacks by providing the industry’s most comprehensive protection for corporate email, personal email, SaaS applications, and other forms of communication. With this acquisition, our customers will be able to use data from the most current phishing campaigns for simulations, and cyber security education for end users, an industry-first integration between market-leading protection and awareness solutions. The integrated solution will become part of the advanced email solution suite, and will be available in the first half of 2018.

By combining Wombat’s market-leading technology with Proofpoint’s industry leading threat detection and intelligence, enterprises will have the most accurate insights into their employees’ vulnerability to the real phishing attacks that target them every day. In addition, by collecting user-reported phishing threat data from Wombat’s PhishAlarm solution, Proofpoint intelligence will amplify to include data on phishing campaigns as seen by non-Proofpoint customers, providing broader visibility and intelligence to the Proofpoint Nexus platform.

“Cybercriminals didn’t slow down in 2017. In fact, they showed us how tactical and targeted they can be. The continued proliferation of phishing and malware, new attacks via SaaS platforms, and the significant rise in damaging email fraud attacks all underscore the need to educate and empower end users,” said Joe Ferrara, CEO of Wombat. “We look forward to continuing our leadership and innovation as part of Proofpoint as we continue to lead the market for effective, measurable security awareness training which changes employee behavior and reduces enterprise risk.”

Contingent upon closing, Proofpoint expects Wombat to have the following contribution to its financial outlook for the full year 2018 under the ASC 606 accounting standard, as outlined in today’s earnings release:

  • Increase the revenue range by $30 – $32 million.
  • Increase the billings range by $30 – $32 million.
  • Reduce the Non-GAAP net income range by $5 – 6 million.
  • Increase the free cash flow range by $2 million.

Contingent upon closing, for the first quarter of 2018, Proofpoint also expects Wombat to reduce the Non-GAAP net income range by $1 million. It expects no other material impact to the rest of its financial outlook for the quarter.

About Proofpoint, Inc.
Proofpoint Inc. (NASDAQ:PFPT) is a leading next-generation security and compliance company that provides cloud-based solutions to protect the way people work today. Proofpoint solutions enable organizations to protect their users from advanced attacks delivered via email, social media, SaaS applications, and mobile apps, protect the information their users create from advanced attacks and compliance risks, and respond quickly when incidents occur. More information is available at www.proofpoint.com

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