Check Point acquires Dome9 to boost cloud security

Clare Hopping

25 Oct, 2018

Check Point has acquired Israeli security firm Dome9 to boost the company’s cloud security portfolio, helping its customers secure their Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud multi-cloud environments.

Although Check Point already offers a range of cloud security solutions, taking on Dome9’s tech as well means it can bolster its Infinity architecture, designed for public cloud environments. The exact financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, although Times of Israel reports that $175 million was paid in a mix of cash, stocks and options.

Dome9’s multi-cloud security provides visualisation so businesses can view the weak spots in their deployment, automate their compliance and governance, offer privileged identity protection and analyse cloud traffic and events to see where they need to implement stronger safeguards.

“Dome9 and Check Point’s CloudGuard together provide the best cloud security solution in the industry,” Gil Shwed, Check Point CEO said. “Dome9’s platform will add rich cloud management and active policy enforcement capabilities to Check Point’s Infinity Architecture, particularly complementing the CloudGuard security product family and make our broad solution even more differentiated in the rapidly moving Cyber Security environment.”

He added that adding Dome9’s tools to its own cyber security platform means it’s addressing the changing needs of organisations as criminals are increasingly targeting enterprise cloud environments. It means the company can boost the networks, endpoints and data centres associated with the cloud, offering even those customers using multi-cloud environments enhanced protection.

“Joining the Check Point family will make Dome9’s unique technologies an integral part of the industry’s most comprehensive Gen V cyber security solution, Check Point Infinity,” said Zohar Alon, Dome9 co-founder and CEO. “Combining forces allows us to offer the most comprehensive platform to protect customer cloud deployments as they grow and evolve.”

Check Point has become a notable name in the security industry, credited with discovering a number of exploits in some of the world’s most popular platforms, including WhatsApp.