Check Point buys up Nokia’s security appliances

Security company Check Point, best known for its firewall and VPN products, has agreed to buy Nokia's security appliance business.

Over the past 12 years Check Point and Nokia have collaborated to provide enterprise security products, but Nokia has decided to sell, meaning that Check Point will now have its own extended security appliance portfolio.

The agreement means that Check Point will acquire Nokia's purpose-built security platforms, which it says is already optimised for its firewall, VPN (Virtual Private Network), and UTM (Unified Threat Management) software.

As the two companies have been working together for some time, Check Point and Nokia both claimed that the agreement would suit them well.

"This business fits naturally with Check Point," said Tom Furlong, of Nokia Services & Software, "The combination will provide a great path forward."

Figures say that Check Point will acquire a security appliance business that has 220,000 Nokia appliances installed and 23,000 customers worldwide.