Check Point Positioned as Leader in Firewall and VPN Markets by Major Research Firm

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 19, 2002 – Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced it has been recognized for its leadership in the firewall and VPN markets by research and advisory firm, Gartner, Inc. In a report titled “Firewall 2H02 Magic Quadrant,” Check Point was placed in the far right of the upper right quadrant – which signifies the lead position based on ability to execute, completeness of vision and breadth of platform partners. Check Point was also named VPN leader in the recent Gartner VPN Magic Quadrant” report issued earlier this month. Please visit http://www.checkpoint.com/press/2002/gartner091002.html for more information.

Gartner defines leaders as “vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.” These placements further confirm Check Point’s leadership in the firewall and VPN markets. For more detailed report information, please visit www.gartner.com.

Check Point’s reputation for Internet security innovation and leadership began with the creation of its patented Stateful Inspection technology, which lies at the heart of Check Point’s market-leading FireWall-1® – now the industry’s security de facto standard for firewalls. Check Point’s VPN-1 soon followed, defining the VPN market and setting a technology standard yet to be matched. Further solidifying its leader status, an increasing number of vendors support Check Point’s VPN and firewall solutions on their platforms — from purpose-built appliances to open servers — including Nokia, HP/Compaq, IBM, Nortel Networks and Crossbeam.

“With Check Point’s creation of FireWall-1 and VPN-1, entire industries were born,” said Jerry Ungerman, president, Check Point Software Technologies. “We defined the Internet security space, and continue to leverage our core technologies to create innovative technologies such as SmartDefense, the first Active Defense solution that protects networks against known and unknown attacks. This continuous innovation is a key driver behind Check Point’s position at the forefront of Internet security technology and leadership.”

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 2,500 certified partners in 149 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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