Check Point buys security firm Sourcefire

Check Point has bought open-source intrusion prevention software supplier Sourcefire for $225m (£132m).

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.

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