Check Point has bought open-source intrusion prevention software supplier Sourcefire for $225m (£132m).
Privately held Sourcefire started up in 2001 to commercialise open-source intrusion detection systems. The market moved onto intrusion prevention systems and Sourcefire followed, but it is still a loss-making company.
Check Point plans to keep Sourcefire’s Snort traffic scanning technology open-source and to integrate the company’s technology into its own security products.
Sourcefire also sells the Defence Centre event management console and the Real-time Network Awareness sensor, which analyses security threats in relation to network traffic flows.
Redundancies are expected among Sourcefire’s 140 staff.