Check Point Buys IPS Startup, Boosts Pointsec Offer

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Check Point plans to weave NFR's IPS technolgy into its firewall, VPN and security management products and absorb NFR's Sentivist IPS product line into its own Interspect security gateway offerings.

The NFR acquisition enables Check Point to block attacks in realtime and get detailed insight into attacks after the fact, said Gil Shwed, chairman and CEO of the Israel-based company.

"We've been wanting to add this capability for a long time," Shwed said.

Check Point will pay about $20 million for NFR, which has 22 employees. Shwed also revealed that Check Point has increased its offer for Sweden-based security firm Protect Data, the owner of mobile encryption firm Pointsec, from $586 to $625 million.

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Check Point sweetened the offer to ensure that it gets the 90 percent shareholder backing required by Swedish law and also extended the deadline for shareholders to decide until Jan. 8. Both moves are designed to help Check Point move quickly into the data security market, which the vendor has yet to penetrate, Shwed said.