Check Point First To Secure IPv6, Peer-To-Peer, Instant Messaging

Check Point First To Secure IPv6, Peer-To-Peer, Instant Messaging Applications And Microsoft File Sharing And Print Services

Industry Firsts Reinforce Check Point Technological Leadership and Innovation

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 14, 2002 – Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today unveiled new technological innovations in Check Point FireWall-1® for securing emerging web applications and standards, including Internet Protocol version 6, Peer-to-Peer and Instant Messaging applications and Microsoft Printer and File Sharing Services, also referred to as Common Internet File System (CIFS). Through its patented Stateful Inspection, Check Point is the first and only vendor in the industry to provide comprehensive security to control these applications.

“Continuing our history of product leadership and technological innovation, Check Point is again, setting standards by providing robust security for emerging applications and advanced networking protocols,” said Carol Stone, vice president of marketing for Check Point Software. “By supporting IPv6 and securing emerging applications, we are helping users maintain the highest levels of security while providing employees, customers and business partners secure access to information, applications and business processes.”

Continuing to raise the bar for Internet security innovation, Check Point is the:

First security vendor to support Internet Protocol version 6, the next generation Internet protocol, enabling customers to migrate securely to IPv6

First to recognize and control Peer-to-Peer applications such as Gnutella and Kazaa, in addition to popular Instant Messaging services — providing administrators with tools to efficiently manage bandwidth and company resources

First to provide granular control over Microsoft File Sharing and Printer services, allowing greater control over network resources

Internet Protocol Version 6
Internet Protocol Version 6 is the next generation Internet protocol, which resolves the growing shortage of network addresses supported by IPv4. Enterprises are looking to deploy IPv6 technology to accommodate the increasing number of devices connected to the Internet to meet current and anticipated future demand. Customers can be assured that as their network needs evolve, Check Point solutions will inherently interoperate with current and emerging standards.

Peer-to-Peer Access Control
Traditionally, enterprises have not had the ability to identify and control Peer-to-Peer applications traversing the firewall. With other firewalls, Peer-to-Peer traffic is either blocked altogether or allowed to pass through the firewall as simple HTTP traffic, potentially allowing rogue or malicious packets into the network. Check Point’s patented Stateful Inspection technology inherently recognizes and controls HTTP-based applications and popular Instant Messaging products by enabling granular inspection and access control of applications traveling through the firewall. Check Point FireWall-1 maintains detailed application information to deliver complete network protection.

Support for Microsoft Common Internet File System
Microsoft Printer and File Sharing Services, also referred to as Common Internet File System (CIFS), allows users to access file and print servers over the network. Security administrators are challenged with having to manage users access to corporate resources to prevent shared servers from being attacked or misused. Check Point has added support for Microsoft CIFS to provide administrators with greater control over network resources and the ability to manage users’ network access.

These advances further extend Check Point’s stature as the leader in network security and the provider of the industry’s most comprehensive, best-in-class security for complete network protection today and in the future.

Availability
These industry “firsts” and other enhancements will be available in the latest version of Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation, Feature Pack 3, in September 2002.

About Check Point Software Technologies
Check Point Software Technologies is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. It is the confirmed market leader of both the worldwide VPN and firewall markets. The company’s Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture provides the VPN and security infrastructure that uniquely enables secure and reliable Internet communications. SVN solutions, as delivered in the company’s Next Generation product family, secure business communications and resources for corporate networks, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. Extending the power of SVN is Check Point’s Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry’s framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with “best-of-breed” solutions from over 300 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of 2,000 certified partners in 203 countries. For more information, please call us at (800) 429-4391 or (650) 628-2000 or visit us on the Web at http://www.checkpoint.com or at http://www.opsec.com.

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© 2002 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Check Point, the Check Point logo, FireWall-1, FireWall-1 SecureServer, FireWall-1 SmallOffice, FloodGate-1, INSPECT, IQ Engine, Meta IP, MultiGate, Open Security Extension, OPSEC, Provider-1, SecureKnowledge, SecureUpdate, SiteManager-1, SVN, UAM, User-to-Address Mapping, UserAuthority, Visual Policy Editor, VPN-1, VPN-1 Accelerator Card, VPN-1 Gateway, VPN-1 SecureClient, VPN-1 SecuRemote, VPN-1 SecureServer, VPN-1 SmallOffice, and ConnectControl are trademarks, service marks, or registered trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. or its affiliates. All other product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The products described in this document are protected by U.S. Patent No. 5,606,668 and 5,835,726 and may be protected by other U.S. Patents, foreign patents, or pending applications.




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