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Check Point First to Complete NSS Labs' Next Generation Firewall Test and Earn "Recommend" Rating

Check Point Power-1 receives 100 percent effectiveness in firewall, application control and identity awareness tests

Redwood City, CA — Tue, 05 Apr 2011

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced Check Point has completed testing by NSS Labs, achieving 100 percent in firewall, identity awareness and application control enforcement tests – and earning the industry’s first NSS Labs “Recommend” rating for Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW).

“Firewalls have been the cornerstone of network security but are now being called to fulfill additional roles in light of emerging Web 2.0 trends and other business drivers,” said Rick Moy, president at NSS Labs. “In our tests, we took the same approach that today’s cybercriminals would in attempting to breach the firewall. The NSS Labs Next Generation Firewall Test is the only one of its kind and provides enterprises with a rigorous and truly independent analysis.”

NSS Labs, a leader in independent security product testing and research, is known to conduct the most comprehensive third-party testing in the industry, providing real-world research and analysis to enterprises, government agencies and organizations of all sizes. NSS Labs tested the Check Point Power-1 11065 against their Next Generation Firewall Test Methodology and is comprised of 1,179 live exploits and across a wide variety of traffic, payload sizes and protocols. According to the report, “Check Point’s management interface was well designed and intuitive. For multi-gigabit environments looking to upgrade defense from their current firewalls to a next generation firewall, the Check Point Power-1 11065 provides excellent protection and an outstanding three-year total cost of ownership (TCO).”

Key findings from the report highlight Check Point’s exceptional next generational firewall security capabilities, including:

  • Passed 100% of Traditional Firewall Tests – passed comprehensive firewall security and policy enforcement requirements. In addition, Check Point Power-1 11065 also achieved a 97.3 percent tuned block rate for integrated IPS1 and 86.6 percent out-of-the-box protection in a recent NSS Labs IPS Group test.
  • Passed 100 % of Application Identification and Control Tests – correctly identified a range of applications and enforced policies across a variety of applications, such as SSH, social networking, Instant Messaging, Skype and other Web 2.0 widgets.
  • Passed 100 % of User and Group Identity Awareness Tests – successfully identified users and enforced all firewall policies with direct integration to Active Directory.
  • Passed 100 % of Tested Evasions – successfully identified and blocked attacks using evasion and obfuscation techniques.
  • Low TCO – Delivering impressive price for performance to customers at $49 per Mbps-protected.

“Internet use in the office has changed dramatically with the wide adoption of social networking and Web 2.0 applications. To achieve the level of protection needed in modern day business environments, IT administrators must go beyond simply blocking specific ports or protocols, and instead, apply granular application control to enable better visibility and protection –without inhibiting the flow of business,” said Oded Gonda, vice president of network security solutions at Check Point Software Technologies. “The NSS Labs results validate our leadership in Next Generation Firewall and our ability to consistently deliver innovative, high-performing and trusted network security solutions to the market.”

Check Point’s latest software Release R75 based on the Software Blade Architecture™, enables organizations to benefit from easy access to Application Control, Identity Awareness and Intrusion Prevention capabilities at multi-gigabit speeds, in a single solution. The NSS results demonstrate Check Point’s ability to provide customers with a combination of robust security technology, user awareness and broad application control—each necessary for organizations to utilize Web 2.0 tools without jeopardizing the security of the business. In addition, customers benefit from unmatched application visibility by leveraging Check Point AppWiki, the world's largest application library, now with over 100,000 Web 2.0 applications and social networking widgets. For more information or to access the full NSS Labs Next Generation Firewall Test report, visit: http://www.checkpoint.com/campaigns/nss-next-gen-firewall/index.html.

“Attacks like Operator Aurora, Koobface and Stuxnet have changed the way the industry thinks about security. And while the threat landscape has evolved drastically over the past several years, our focus has always been to secure the Internet and enable businesses. We remain committed to providing our customers with the tools and protection they need to stay ahead of future threats,” concluded Gonda. 

1 NSS Labs Network Intrusion Prevention Systems Comparative Group Test, December 2010.

About NSS Labs, Inc.
NSS Labs, Inc. is the leading independent, information security research and testing organization. Its expert analyses provide information technology professionals with the unbiased data they need to select and maintain complex security products for their organizations. Pioneering intrusion detection and prevention system testing with the publication of the first such test criteria in 1999, NSS Labs evaluates firewall, unified threat management, anti-malware, encryption, web application firewall, and other technologies on a regular basis. The firm’s real-world test methodology is the only one to assess security products against live Internet threats. NSS Labs tests are considered the most aggressive in the industry. Founded in 1991, the company has offices in Carlsbad, California and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.nsslabs.com.

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.