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Check Point to tack on NFR Security

In a deal valued at $20 million, Check Point Software Technologies gels a new growth strategy: buy others.

Check Point Software Technologies announced on Tuesday that it plans to acquire NFR Security in a deal valued at $20 million.

Under the deal, which is expected to close this month, Check Point plans to integrate

The NFR announcement, which serves to drive Check Point's two-pronged expansion into network security and data security, also gels a new strategy for Check Point.

Historically, the company has favored growing its business by developing its own technologies rather than bulking up via buyouts. But last month, Check Point demonstrated its interest in deal making by touting its $586 million purchase of Protect Data, maker of Pointsec Mobile Technologies.

And in the fall of last year, Check Point announced plans to acquire Sourcefire in a $225 million deal. Like NFR, Sourcefire develops intrusion prevention technology.

"This (NFR) acquisition is an important step in Check Point's leadership strategy," Gil Shwed, Check Point's chief executive, said in a statement. "It is part of our focus on two primary layers: network security as our core platform and our recently announced expansion into data security."

The merger is designed to combine Check Point's SmartDefense with NFR's hybrid detection engine. NFR, based in Rockville, Md., develops technology designed to guard against intrusions such as zero-day attacks and polymorphic buffer overflows.