SafeWord Provides Two-factor Authentication for Check Point’s VPN-1/FireWall-1
SAN JOSE, Calif., January 24, 2001 – Secure Computing (NASDAQ: SCUR) today announced that its SafeWord(tm) authentication and authorization system has received OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) for Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1. OPSEC certification confirms that SafeWord is fully compatible with Check Point’s authentication standards. Through this certification, end-users can select the security solutions that best meet their requirements and be assured that interoperability and central policy definitions are guaranteed.
“Authentication is a key aspect of a Secure Virtual Network (SVN) security solution,” said Bradley Brown, director of business development, Check Point Software. “OPSEC certification insures that best-of-breed authentication products like SafeWord integrate properly with Check Point’s VPN-1/FireWall-1.”
“SafeWord provides secure and reliable authentication for all of our routers and firewalls,” said Steve Beecher, vice president of engineering, Advanced Networking Solutions at Fujitsu. “OPSEC certification gives us additional assurance and piece-of-mind as we add Check Point products in the future.”
“VPNs and firewalls provide important protection, but identifying users is equally important,” said Bill Bosen, vice president of product marketing and planning at Secure Computing. “A VPN can open a secure tunnel into your network – but if the wrong person is on the other end of the tunnel, the risk is huge.”
SafeWord adds an important layer of security for VPNs, firewalls and Web access through strong authentication and single-use, token-generated passwords. Each time the user logs in, the token generates a unique password that is synchronized with the network server. If anyone tries to reuse this dynamic password, access is denied, the event is logged, and the network remains secure.
SafeWord provides unlimited scalability and fault tolerance to meet the needs of large and growing enterprises with true peer-to-peer mirroring, load sharing, and automatic failover. Interoperability between SafeWord and Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 is easily managed via a standards-based RADIUS interface. In addition, it can be configured to support many other network access servers and routers all centrally managed and sharing a common user database.
About Check Point’s OPSEC
OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry’s leading open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 250 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point’s Secure Virtual Network Architecture. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visit http://www.opsec.com.
About Secure Computing
Headquartered in San Jose, California, Secure Computing Corporation is a global leader in providing “safe, secure extranets for e-businessTM.” Secure Computing solutions provide managed access to Web sites, applications, and networks, including strong authentication, role-based authorization, secure access gateways, and Web filtering. Secure Computing’s worldwide partners and customers include Fortune 50 organizations in financial services, healthcare, telecom, communications, Internet companies, and government agencies.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. for SafeWord, and the expected benefits of such certification and relationship, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are competitive pressures, technical difficulties, changes in customer requirements, delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Secure Computing’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.