Marshal merges with US firm 8e6

Email and web security software company Marshal is to merge with 8e6 Technologies, a US-based developer of web filtering appliances and technology,

The merger will double the size of Marshal and form a new company called Marshal8e6.

The combined company claims more than 20,000 customers and 16 million end users in 96 countries, and had combined revenues of over than $50 million in the past twelve months.

The merger will broaden the combined entities security offerings to cover internet communication streams including internal corporate email, internet-based email services, websites and instant messaging.

Marshal8e6 has more than 250 employees and R&D and sales operations in Orange, California, Basingstoke, England, Auckland, New Zealand and Taipei, Taiwan.

Marshal was founded in New Zealand. It was acquired by NetIQ in 2002 and in 2004 shut down its localoperations. NetIQ subsequently sold the business and Marshal reopened R&D operations in New Zealand in 2006. Both Marshal and 8e6 are privateley owned.

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