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Check Point Ranked Number One in Worldwide Firewall

posted 14 Nov 2013, 06:45 by Santosh Kumar

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that the company led worldwide market share for Firewall Equipment in Q2 2013, according to research published by Gartner. 1

Gartner writes that “as the first line of defense between external threats and enterprise networks, firewalls need to continually evolve to maintain effectiveness, responding both to changes in threats and changes in enterprise network speed and complexity.” 2

“We are pleased that Gartner recognizes Check Point’s number one position in the Firewall Equipment market. Our growth is a reflection of our commitment to our customers, partners, and ongoing innovation and technical excellence in our products,” said Gabi Reish, vice president of product management at Check Point Software Technologies.

Gartner’s Market Share: Enterprise Network Equipment research states:

  • Check Point led worldwide market share with 22.4% of the Firewall Equipment market in Q2 2013.
  • Check Point’s number one market share position represented a 7.7% lead over the nearest competitor ranked in the Firewall Equipment market in Q2 2013.
  • Check Point increased Firewall Equipment market share 0.8% in the three months from Q1 2013 to Q2 2013.

Check Point’s award-winning security solutions protect organizations of all sizes and complexity, including 100 percent of the Fortune and Global 100 companies. To maximize flexibility, Check Point security appliances are designed to support any combination of the company’s Software Blade Architecture™, including four pre-defined security packages: Next Generation Firewall, Next Generation Threat Prevention, Next Generation Data Protectionand Next Generation Secure-Web Gateway.

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About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. 

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to develop new innovations based on the Software Blade Architecture, providing customers with flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization. Check Point is the only vendor to go beyond technology and define security as a business process. Check Point 3D Security uniquely combines policy, people and enforcement for greater protection of information assets and helps organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. Customers include tens of thousands of organizations of all sizes, including all Fortune and Global 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.

1Gartner, Market Share: Enterprise Network Equipment by Market Segment, Worldwide, 2Q13 – 18 September 2013. G00247722
2Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewall, by Greg Young – 07 February 2013. G00229302

Check Point Next Generation Secure Web Gateway Receives Highest Scores in Miercom Testing

posted 29 Oct 2013, 07:16 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 29 Oct 2013, 07:16 ]

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that Check Point’s Next Generation Secure Web Gateway received a “Performance Verified” rating from Miercom, an independent product test center with test services including competitive product analyses and individual product evaluations. This certification recognizes exceptional results in this standardized functional test, where Check Point’s Secure Web Gateway excelled in all elements of testing including web control such as URL classification and coverage, blocking URLs from undesirable and potentially malicious categories, and application control.

Check Point Secure Web Gateway underwent rigorous hands-on evaluation at Miercom’s ( independent testing labs, alongside two competing products from Websense and Blue Coat1. Check Point SWG’s URL Filtering Software Blade classified 91.3% of the one million most popular websites in known categories, exceeding the Websense WSG software platform by 5.6% and Blue Coat Proxy SG300-5 appliance by 13.1%. Furthermore with its Application Control Software Blade, Check Point achieved an application blocking rate of 97.1%, using a sample size of 3,000 unique protocol/application combinations, outperforming its nearest competitor (Websense) by more than 30%.

Check Point’s industry-leading centralized and policy management for Web security was also highlighted as a comprehensive and intuitive interface to create policies and rules to cover nearly all Web security deployments.

“Miercom is proud to award the Check Point SWG-12600 the Performance Verified Certification,” said Robert Smithers, chief executive officer of Miercom. “Check Point has a long-standing record of unsurpassed security technologies; it is not a surprise that Check Point Security Web Gateway outperformed the other two competing products at the time of testing in URL Filtering for the specified categories."

Additional Check Point Secure Web Gateway performance results include:

  • URL Filtering – Adult: Detected and blocked 97.1% of known Adult URLs, outperforming other products by 15%+
  • URL Filtering – Gambling: Detected and blocked 93.4% of known Gambling URLs, outperforming other products by 32%+
  • URL Filtering for Hacking Tools and Phishing: Performed nearly three times better than nearest competitor in categorizing hacking tools

The results from Miercom’s Web Security Industry Test demonstrate the market-leading security and performance of Check Point’s Secure Web Gateway solution ,” said Gabi Reish, vice president of product management at Check Point Software Technologies. “Check Point is committed to delivering best-of-breed security technologies to protect our customers worldwide.”

The Check Point Secure Web Gateway (SWG) is an all-in-one solution that enables secure use of Web 2.0 with real time multi-layered protection against web-borne malware. The Secure Web Gateway blocks access to malware infected websites and usage of high risk appliances. It also offers customers unmatched application coverage, advanced granular application control, and centralized intuitive management.

Highlighted features of the new R77 Software Blade Release

posted 28 Sept 2013, 13:17 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 28 Sept 2013, 13:17 ]

Check Point ThreatCloud Emulation Service

Check Point's ThreatCloud Emulation Service prevents infections from undiscovered (zero-day) exploits, new variants of malware, and targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APT). Part of Check Point's leading multi-layered Threat Prevention solution, ThreatCloud Emulation Service quickly inspects suspicious files, emulates how they run to discover malicious behavior, and instantly blocks newly identified malware in email attachments, file downloads, and direct web content. Attack information is then shared to Check Point's collaborative network and cloud-driven knowledge base, ThreatCloud, for automatic protection.

First announced in February 2013, Check Point ThreatCloud Emulation is now offered as a new cloud service, which is based on a global, organization-wide monthly quota of scanned files. This monthly quota is across all of the security gateways on an organization's network and is an elastic deployment, allowing for an increase in quota based on usage and growth. ThreatCloud Emulation is also available through the Private Cloud Emulation Appliance.

Check Point HyperSpect™

R77 is the first release to include Check Point HyperSpect™, an intelligent, adaptive content inspection engine that maximizes hardware utilization through a wide spectrum of optimizations and accelerations, including hyper threading technologies. Through HyperSpect™, organizations will experience significantly higher performance, including up to 50% real-world performance boost on all high-end platforms.

With the simple software upgrade to R77, organizations can safely consolidate security by utilizing Check Point’s multi-layered software blade protections on the same platform while experiencing sustained performance. HyperSpect™ increases compute power and optimizes inspection tailored to the most popular Internet traffic such as media streaming and http communication, which consume the greatest amount of Internet bandwidth.  

Check Point Compliance Software Blade

Check Point’s Compliance Software Blade will be generally available through the R77 release. Introduced in March 2013, the Compliance Software Blade is the first next-generation-firewall-integrated and fully-automated compliance monitoring solution that leverages an extensive knowledge of regulatory requirements and over 300 Security Best Practices. The Check Point Compliance Software Blade reduces the complexity of external compliance requirements and internal security mandates by providing instant notification of policy changes, by continuously assessing security posture across all Check Point Software Blades and by offering actionable recommendations to improve compliance and security.

“The ability of the blade to solve our compliance concerns with regard to audits or security assessments is a huge benefit to our organization,” said William Dippel, manager, Networking, Data Security and Communications at Desert Research Institute. “Not only are we now more compliant with regulations, the blade has made us more secure by directing us to areas of concern for which we were not even aware of beforehand.”

Other Featured Product Enhancements

New and Integrated Central Device Management: Organizations can efficiently manage and maintain multiple security gateways utilizing the new Central Device Management feature. New provisioning capabilities inSmartDashboard management console help to eliminate configuration errors in complex environments and reduce the operational cost of managing and maintaining security environments. These capabilities do not require an additional license for implementation.

Check Point GAiA™: Enhancements to the Check Point GAiA™ Unified Secure Operating System brings faster upgrade and updates with decreased downtime by 90% as well as improved user experience on GAiA WebUI for security administrators.

Identity Awareness Integration: Updates include improved user identity accuracy in non-windows environments by acquiring user identity from RADIUS and IF-MAP integration.

Improved Licensing User Experience: R77 makes licensing transparent with automatic license retrieval and data synchronization between Check Point UserCenter and the security management console.

Highlighted Hotfixes

posted 25 Jul 2013, 08:57 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 09:05 ]

Hotfixes and other software updates help you avoid potential issues and maximize the security and benefits of your Check Point products. Please see this month's highlighted hotfixes:

Gaia Updates

Recommended fix for Gaia software updates (deployment agent)

SAM (Security Acceleration Module) Jumbo Hotfix

If you recently purchased a SAM (Security Acceleration Module) card either as part of an appliance or as an add-on, it is strongly recommended you contact Check Point support to install the Jumbo hotfix for the software release you are using. The hotfix includes several enhancements and fixes. For more information see sk92734 - Security Acceleration Module Hotfixes for 21000 Appliances.

Cluster Failover

To assure your cluster stability see Cluster Failover Prevention.

Improve Traffic Rate

Check Point introduced this hotfix to improve the traffic rate through Security Gateway when assigning any IPS profile other than 'Default_Protection', enabling Application Control, or enabling URL Filtering.

Security Gateway Stability

High Availability ClusterXL with Proxy Issues

Resolve traffic through ClusterXL in High Availability mode issues when proxy is enabled

Data Center Security Appliances R75.052

posted 24 Jul 2013, 09:20 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 09:08 ]

The Check Point 61000 Security System is the industry's fastest security appliance, offering scalable performance for data centers and telecommunication companies. It’s based on a multi-bladed hardware platform that is capable of an unprecedented performance of more than 1 Tbps of firewall throughput, and achieves over 200 Gbps today. Even more, the ability to support 70 million concurrent connections and 600,000 sessions per second brings unparalleled performance to multi-transaction environments. A new release for the 61000 appliances, Data Center Security Appliances R75.052 is now available.

New Check Point Products

posted 20 Jul 2013, 23:47 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 09:08 ]

Check Point 600 Apliance - Secure your small business with enterprise strength security. Seesk92445

Check Point 1100 Appliance - Check Point 1100 Appliances deliver proven, best-in-class enterprise security to the branch office. See sk92446

Check Point Mobile Enterprise - This release supplies a new Mobile Access Application for iOS. Seesk92552

Securely upload your CPInfo using Check Point Uploader

posted 20 Jul 2013, 05:55 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 09:09 ]

Sending your CPInfo to Check Point technical support speeds up the resolution of your ticket. The Check Point Uploader (cp_uploader) provides the ability to run and upload CPInfo utility output and any additional files to the Check Point FTP server in a secure way. Learn more about this tool here.

Check Point User Center iPhone Application

posted 19 Jul 2013, 09:11 by Santosh Kumar   [ updated 7 Aug 2013, 04:34 ]

Always on the go? Not a problem. Use Check point's User Center iPhone Application and securely interact with Check Point while on the go.With the User Center iPhone application you can:

  • View and search your service requests
  • Update your service requests
  • Receive push notifications on your service requests updates
  • Access SecureKnowledge solutions search
  • Query Check Point AppWiki portal
  • Get instant notifications on newly published security alerts
To learn more about this convenient application and its many features, visit sk91860.

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