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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., -- March 17, 1997 – Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKPF), the market leader in enterprise security software, today announced that it has been awarded a patent from the United States Patent Office for its network security technology. The patent, U.S. Patent # 5,606,668, issued on February 25, 1997, covers, among other things, Check Point Software's implementation of "Stateful Inspection" technology for controlling network traffic, which includes a flexible, easily-alterable network security method for examining the information flow into and out of a network and making security decisions based on previously stored results.

"Stateful Inspection" is the technology upon which Check Point's award-winning Check Point™ FireWall-1™ enterprise security solution is based. To date, FireWall-1 is installed in over 16,000 locations worldwide.

"Since 1993, when Check Point Software invented our technique of examining network traffic and using the concept of state information, what we call "Stateful Inspection," we knew that this next-generation firewall technology would change the landscape of network security," said Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. "Many competitors have begun to emulate our Stateful Inspection technology, which validates the technology and has driven the creation of a widely-accepted new category within the network security market."

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is the network security software market share leader and inventor of "Stateful Inspection" technology. According to a December 1996 report by the Yankee Group, the company's flagship product, Check Point FireWall-1, commanded 44% of the worldwide firewall market in the first half of 1996. FireWall-1 protects internal and external network communications for thousands of organizations of all sizes. Its products are sold worldwide through OEM partners, distributors, VARs, systems and network integrators and Internet Service Providers. The company has U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California and international headquarters in Ramat-Gan, Israel. For product information, please call (800) 429-4391, e-mail info@checkpoint.com or visit Check Point Software at http://www.checkpoint.com .


1997 Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. Check Point, the Check Point logo, Check Point FireWall-1, FireWall-1, FireWall-1 SecuRemote, FireWall-First! and INSPECT are trademarks of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. All other product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.