Lindstrom called Sourcefire a nice fit. "The company has a strong reputation and has done a good job developing its customer base, and it has good credentials," he said.Meanwhile, Sourcefires RNA technology is an interesting technology for Check Point to pick up, Lindstrom said. The passive asset management and resource identification technology helps to track whats going on your wirelike a sniffer, but one that retains information and looks for changes in activity and so on. "That gives Check Point an opportunity to build up in an area where theres some momentum growing, on the network side," he said. The merger could also make sense to help out Sourcefire, which didnt have that coherent a story when it came to its intrusion prevention technology or its technology that segments off internal networks, which is becoming a hot area now, Lindstrom said. "Theres constant chatter about the disappearing perimeter" as global networks spread to allow access to a wider range of distributed resources and people," he said. "Certainly things like wireless and remote laptops mean you have to really think about your perimeter-based strategy." At any rate, Lindstrom said, the buy is indicative of a robust market. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
What customers can expect from the deal is likely to be simply a reduction in back-office costs, both for the Check Point/Sourcefire marriage and the Symantec/BindView pairing, Lindstrom said.