Zone Labs Snapped Up – Firewalls R Us?

My favourite firewall, Zone Alarm, is being bought by another firewall maker, Check Point Software Technologies [CNet News.com].

It looks to me as if there’s quite significant consolidation within the security software industry, not just from the point of view of big guys buying the smaller guys, but of companies trying to create products that offer an all-round ‘security solution’. Symantec have long peddled this type of idea, but their 2004 embodiments have increased the coverage to include cutting out spam, spyware and even pop-ups. With Check Point focusing on server-side software it makes sense that they grab Zone Labs, whose strength is software for desktops and notebooks.

Expect to see software companies trying to push more integrated software that offers this kind of overall solution to corporates and to ISPs. While it obviously makes sense for companies to farm out these kind of problems — viruses, spam, any kind of disrupting influence on their networks — to single companies. Internet Service Providers will doubtless see a market to sell something similar to the individual user, keeping such rubbish out of their inbox and away from other subscribers.

My only worry is that such ‘packaged solutions’ may not offer the best individual component: Just because a company makes all the products you need, doesn’t mean they’re all great. I use Norton Antivirus but stick with Zone Alarm because it tells me more about what’s going on.

16. December 2003 by jeremy
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One Comment

  1. Lets look @ a larger picture shall we?

    Sure Zlabs was bought out, but by whom?
    Checkpoint is an ISRAELI company, and considering their current surveillance gigs for the MOSSAD and the USA security services who (HAHA) “trust” them after the AMDOCS connection to ECSTASY SMUGGLING and clear links to surveillance of DEA AGENTS that too many never saw a story on, I doubt I will EVER UPGRADE to a program that is NOW SUSPECT but once was seen as a clear lockdown if and when you needed it.
    I wonder if STEVE GIBSON of GRC.com will look @ the newer version? It IS after all being seen as a PROBLEM NOW when it never was before. Covert surveillance TSR’s anyone?