On a day when EMC and BMC Software announced their own intended acquisitions, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. also got in the game with the $205 million acquisition of Zone Labs.
Gil Shwed, chairman and CEO of Check Point, explained that the Zone Labs product families, such as ZoneAlarm and Integrity, already cooperate well with and are complementary to Check Point's own portfolio.
Shwed added the acquisition would expand Check Point's reach to the consumer market with ZoneAlarm Pro, a PC firewall, and help get to non-Check Point VPN customers on the enterprise front with Zone Labs' VPN security technologies. He also identified reaching desktops as the biggest opportunity of the deal - a market the enterprise-focused Check Point does not address today.
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