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December - 2008 - issue > Company Spotlight

Check Point: Offering Total Security

Vimali Swamy
Monday, December 1, 2008
Vimali Swamy
“When the Internet was born, Check Point was there to secure it, we are the pioneers in security solutions,” says Bhaskar Bakthavatsalu, Country Manager, Check Point. The company had laid the foundation for Internet security with its first software solution – Firewall-1. Since then, it has justifiably considered itself a trendsetter in this space. The company was the first one to offer VPN client for iPhone and data security offering for iMac before others followed. We are the first company to offer a single agent end-point security solution in the world. The company believes in foreseeing the nature of problems that might come up and being prepared with a solution before hand; this has been its greatest strength. Being proactive, and not reactive, is their motto.

Check Point’s R&D operations are based in its headquarters in Israel and the U.S.A., where over 1,000 security experts strive daily to make the enterprise network and data more secure. For years it had focused on network security, but slowly as the relevance of securing the data became significant, the company decided to offer end-to-end information security solution. Check Point initiated the world,s first Open Platform for Security (OPSEC). The OPSEC framework is recognized worldwide as the standard for interoperability. “By continuing to expand our partnerships, we continue to expand the breadth of interoperable solutions available to our end-users. By opening our architecture to third-party integrations, we're able to offer our end-users a true "best-of-breed" solution built on the most comprehensive security architecture available in the market today,” says Bakthavatsalu.

Today, the company has on offer a variety of security solutions for its customers. Be it managing security problems in large enterprises or small enterprises such as the network, PCs, mobile devices, and memory devices Check Point has a solution for every need. Power-1 and UTM-1 represent the appliance-based solutions. Some of the company’s leading solutions in the market are VPN –1 VE for virtual security, Pointsec Mobile and SecureClient Mobile for smartphones, Connectra for Secure SSL VPN solution, Check Point Secure Access package for complete remote access protection, and SmartCenter and Provider-1 for unified security management.

“We have observed that the major challenge for an enterprise is in managing the multitude of security solutions,” says Bakthavatsalu. Check Point security management solutions provide unified policy management, monitoring, and analysis. All our solutions are based on the Check Point Unified Security Architecture, which provides consistent and efficient control of the security infrastructure to improve security, reduce complexity, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

The first acquisition of Check Point was Zone Labs, makers of the Zone Alarm personal firewall software, in 2003. In 2006 Check Point acquired Protect Data, the holding company for PointSec Mobile Technologies. Prior to this acquisition by Check Point, Protect Data had acquired Reflex Software. In late 2006 Check Point aquired NFR security, an intrusion prevention system provider. These acquisitions aided Check Point in broadening its security portfolio.

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