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Check Point Raises the Bar on Performance of Antivirus and URL Filtering Software Blades

Also significantly increases firewall performance for UTM-1 appliances

Redwood City, CA —

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced new streaming technology that dramatically increases antivirus and URL filtering software blades performance, benefiting all Check Point security gateways through a software upgrade at no additional cost. In addition, Check Point has extended its patented SecureXL acceleration technology to all UTM-1 appliances, significantly boosting firewall throughput performance. Now, customers can activate additional software blades to expand all layers of security for uncompromised protection and performance with a simple software upgrade to R71.

“We are proud to continue to challenge ourselves and provide customers with new technologies that deliver both uncompromised security as well as performance,” said Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point. “Customers can now deploy Check Point Antivirus and URL Filtering software blades on their existing gateways without having to choose between performance and more security protection.”

Performance and throughput are important factors for businesses to remain protected, maximizing all levels of security without impeding the flow of business. Check Point’s new streaming technology enables a record performance for antivirus and URL filtering software blades:

  • Up to 20 times antivirus throughput improvement, with over 1Gbps for a 2-core system and 3Gbps for a 4-core system
  • Up to 80 times antivirus and URL filtering connection capacity improvements with over 500,000 concurrent connections

Check Point’s Software Blade architecture gives businesses the ability to create and extend their own security gateway from a library of centrally managed security applications or “software blades,” such as firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-virus, URL filtering and many others.  For more information about Check Point Network Security solutions, visit: http://www.checkpoint.com/products/network_security/.

For those businesses running Check Point software blades, the patented SecureXL technology boosts firewall throughput performance for UTM-1 appliances with a simple software upgrade.  Already available on the UTM-1 3070, the upgrade extends these performance gains across all Check Point UTM-1 appliances, including: UTM-1 130, 270, 570, 1070 and 2070 series.  New performance gains include:

  • Up to four times greater firewall performance
  • Up to four times connections per second improvement

“With Check Point’s new levels of performance, we are able to deliver our customers richly layered, all-inclusive protection on a single appliance with central management,” said Earl DeFrates, chief executive officer at NCC Networks, Inc. “These significant performance enhancements mean that customers can add more security protections while maintaining stellar performance levels.”

Check Point UTM-1 appliances are all-inclusive, turnkey solutions that provide organizations of any size with all they need to secure their network. UTM-1 appliances can include the following software blades: firewall, intrusion prevention (IPS), Antivirus & Anti-malware, URL filtering, Web Security, and Anti-spam & Email security. Each appliance comes with integrated management, security updates and support. More information about UTM-1 appliances can be found at:  http://www.checkpoint.com/products/utm-1/.

“Increasing gateway security performance through a simple software upgrade is an easy decision for most companies, especially in a market where performance and throughput are critical. Large and small companies alike will significantly benefit from upgrading immediately,” concluded Dor.

Availability
Customers can upgrade to Check Point’s new software release R71 immediately at no additional cost. Check Point Software Blades and UTM-1 appliances can be purchased through the Check Point worldwide network of value-added resellers.  To find a Check Point partner, visit http://partners.us.checkpoint.com/partnerlocator/.

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, is the only vendor to deliver Total Security for networks, data and endpoints, unified under a single management framework. Check Point provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to innovate with the development of the Software Blade architecture. The dynamic Software Blade architecture delivers secure, flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization or environment. Check Point customers include tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes including all Fortune 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.