Check Point has announced the acquisition of data security firm Liquid Machines.

The privately held company produces solutions that help to prevent the misuse, modification, loss or theft of intellectual property and sensitive information residing in documents. It specialises in data protection and has 12 issued and pending patents for document encryption and content security.

The companies have obtained the required government and regulatory approvals and the deal is expected to close immediately. Check Point said that the acquisition will broaden its data security portfolio.

Gil Shwed, chairman, founder and chief executive officer of Check Point, said: “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Liquid Machines. It is a great extension to our data security portfolio and will strengthen Check Point's security vision. 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.”