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.
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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.