Check Point Buys Liquid Machines for ERM Business

Check Point Software Technologies has purchased enterprise rights management vendor Liquid Machines in a move to add document encryption to its data security portfolio.

Check Point Software Technologies has acquired Liquid Machines for an undisclosed sum in a bid to strengthen its data security story.

At the heart of the deal is Liquid Machines' document encryption technology, which Check Point said extends its ability to secure data throughout the data lifecycle. According to Check Point, the deal adds to a portfolio that already includes data leak prevention products and full disk encryption.

Check Point plans to sell and support Liquid Machines' existing products, and will be releasing new products based on Liquid Machines' technology in 2011, Ben Khoushy, vice president of endpoint and data security at Check Point, told eWEEK.

"An organization's ability to secure its content and data is a constant and increasing concern, especially in consideration of the growing mobile workforce," he said, calling the acquisition "a natural extension of Check Point's portfolio to ensure all sensitive data is fully secure with the addition of document encryption."

Based in Waltham, Mass., Liquid Machines has focused on the enterprise rights management space since its founding in 2001. The company has partnered in the past with other security companies such as Symantec and McAfee.

"We've found Liquid Machines to provide the best technology for end-to-end data security and we are looking forward to having it as part of Check Point's security architecture," said Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point, in a statement.