SecureData Security, part of JSE-listed SecureData Holdings and the sub-Saharan distributor for Check Point Software Technologies, has announced that the latter has added security controls for over 50 000 Web 2.0 widgets and more than 4 500 Internet applications.

The addition is a result of the acquisition of the industry's most comprehensive application classification and signature database from FaceTime Communications.
New developments from Check Point combined with the acquired technologies will provide businesses unparalleled granular control over application usage and enable security administrators to prevent threats associated with the use of certain Internet applications. Check Point will offer this new level of security controls as a Software Blade that will be available for all gateways.
"I'm pleased to announce this acquisition as this will allow us to continue to elevate the level of Internet security and strengthen our market and technology leadership," comments Gil Shwed, chairman and chief executive officer at Check Point. "As the Internet and its use evolved, Check Point has ensured businesses remain securely connected. This granular application control will enable better use of Web 2.0 technologies safely and securely."
"Acquiring FaceTime's application database allows Check Point to create a solution, which enables enterprises to monitor, control and diffuse network traffic, including those from Web 2.0 applications," adds Charles Kolodgy, research director for Security Products at IDC. "This development reinforces Check Point's leading-edge in the industry and takes the firewall beyond just providing security."
"We are continuing to re-invent the Internet firewall," continued Shwed. "Adding the world's largest application classification database is a natural extension of our Software Blade architecture, demonstrating the power of our architecture and solution."