Check Point Unveils Roadmap for Multi-Vendor Security Management

Best-of-Breed Approach Integrates Solutions From Over 325 Partners — to be Outlined at OPSEC Developer’s Conference

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 23, 2002 — Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today unveiled its roadmap to integrate and simplify the management of multi-vendor security environments via new capabilities in Check Point’s revolutionary Security Management Architecture (SMARTâ„?). The new Check Point Smart OPSEC Managerâ„? centrally manages and administers all OPSECâ„? certified applications from the SmartDashboardâ„?, enabling integrated security while dramatically lowering the customer’s total cost of ownership. The roadmap will be further detailed at next week’s OPSEC Developers Conference, Oct.1-2 in Northern California.

The three major capability areas within Smart OPSEC Manager being detailed include:

Policy Management enables an integrated security policy across all users, applications, systems and networks. Today, customers can manage their entire security policy across all OPSEC certified products via Check Point’s SmartDashboard. Check Point Policy centralized management architectures allows managing application operations and parameters (1H03) from within the same framework, as well as leveraging vendor specific management tools that can be launched directly from the SmartDashboard. This open approach provides the best of all worlds – consistent single console for management, integrated parameters and management while retaining the full power of each vendor unique management tools – when those are needed.

Incident Management allows for event identification, isolation, response and prevention across users, applications, systems and networks. Today, Check Point’s SmartView Family imports and integrates event logs from OPSEC certified security applications and network devices and exports event logs to external management systems. In 1H’03, security administrators will be able to automatically correlate events and generate real-time automated responses.

Security Provisioning provides easy set-up, deployment, monitoring and upgrades of all security modules in the enterprise. Today, using SmartCenterâ„? users can quickly provision multi-vendor security solutions. In 4Q’02, security administrators will be able to provision OPSEC certified security applications with the ease of Check Point’s “One-Click” technology. These comprehensive integrated management capabilities are enabled via more than 20 OPSEC interfaces that include Check Point application programming interfaces (APIs) and industry standard protocols. All OPSEC compliant products are rigorously tested and certified for seamless interoperability. With over 325 participating vendors and over 175 OPSEC certified products, OPSEC guarantees customers the industry’s broadest choice of integrated applications and deployment platforms that can be centrally managed.


Jim LoTruglio, Vice President of Information Technology for The Hearst Corporation states, “We are very excited about this next evolution of integration of our security architecture. We have seen significant value in leveraging the Check Point OPSEC framework, and believe this new capability provides an even greater benefit.”

“The industry has chosen a best-of-breed security approach, which requires management tools that integrate and interoperate with multiple products from multiple vendors,” said Asheem Chandna, vice president of business development and product management for Check Point Software Technologies. “While other vendors recognize this as the future for security management, Check Point is the only one delivering this today. With our multi-vendor management roadmap, we’re pleased to once again raise the bar and further advance security management.”

OPSEC Developers Conference
The Check Point multi-vendor security management roadmap will be further discussed at next week’s OPSEC Developers Conference in San Mateo, Calif. on October 1-2. Participants at this year’s conference include industry leaders such as IBM, Network Associates, Nokia, Sun Micro, Trend Micro, VeriSign and Websense. More information on the conference can be found at www.opsec.com/conference.

About Check Point’s OPSEC
OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry’s open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 325 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 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 325 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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