Check Point to buy Nokia's security appliance operation

Check Point Software Technologies has agreed to acquire Nokia's security appliance business in a deal that is expected to close in the first quarter of 2009 subject to regulatory approvals.

Check Point Software Technologies has agreed to acquire Nokia's security appliance business in a deal that is expected to close in the first quarter of 2009 subject to regulatory approvals.

Both firms have jointly developed enterprise security systems for the past decade with Nokia's hardware purpose built for Check Point's firewall, VPN and unified threat management applications.

"As a pioneer in security appliances, the Nokia security appliance has been an important strategic partner for Check Point," said Gil Shwed, Checkpoint CEO in a statement this morning.

He added that folding the appliance range into Check Point's portfolio was a "natural conclusion of our long collaboration, and will assure a smooth path forward for our mutual customers".

According to stats provided by Check Point it has licensed more than 700,000 security gateways with over 100,000 customers worldwide.

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