Frost & Sullivan Network Security Bulletin

Published: 8 Jan 2007

Announcement

January 8, 2007 - Check Point Software completes acquisition of NFR Security for $20 million.

 

Frost & Sullivan Opinion

Frost & Sullivan believes that this acquisition move by Check Point is positive for customers of both organizations and for Check Point’s business.

 

Check Point gets a significant technology win

NFR Security has an IDS/IPS device that performs both signature and behavioral detection of attacks.  Frost & Sullivan believes has seen more vendors adopt this approach into their devices as the threat of zero day attacks continues to increase.  This technology is a compliment to other protection technology that Check Point has.

 

The price was reasonable

Given the price being paid in some other acquisition deals (Websense/PortAuthority, IBM/ISS, EMC/RSA…) the $20 million paid by Check Point for NFR Security’s technology is definitely a bargain.

 

NFR Security has had difficulty establishing itself in the highly competitive IDS/IPS market

NFR Security is one of many IDS/IPS vendors that has solid technology, but has struggled to create itself a niche in the market.  While NFR Security has made several impressive customer wins, the company has not been able to secure the position needed.

 

NFR Security can be easily integrated into Check Point’s organization

One concern that loomed over Check Point’s head during the acquisition discussions with Sourcefire was how the two companies were going to integrate.  With a small number of employees, it should be easier for Check Point to quickly integrate NFR Security’s technology and staff into the fold. 

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