Check Point has acquired FaceTime Communication's application classification and signature database.

This will add security controls for over 50,000 Web 2.0 widgets and more than 4,500 internet applications. The new level of security controls will be offered as a software blade for all gateways as part of the Check Point architecture.

Check Point claimed that the new developments, 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.

Gil Shwed, chairman and chief executive officer at Check Point, said: “I'm pleased to announce today's acquisition. This will allow us to continue to elevate the level of internet security and strengthen our market and technology leadership.

“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.

Kailash Ambwani, president and chief executive officer at FaceTime Communications, said: “Check Point's purchase of our database reaffirms FaceTime's leadership in the Web 2.0 and application security market. With people and businesses interacting more than ever online the need for internet application security is essential to protecting corporate networks.”