Check Point Identity Awareness provides granular visibility of users, groups and machines, providing unmatched application and access control through the creation of accurate, identity-based policies. Centralized management and monitoring allows for policies to be managed from a single, unified console.
Increases visibility of user activities
Improves control of corporate resources
Easy to deploy in any organization
It took about five minutes to get Identity Awareness running and 30 minutes for Mobile Access. I just placed the 4200s in a clustered environment and it only took me about an hour and a half to bring those into production.”"
Network Security Administrator
Identity Awareness allows you to easily add user, user group and machine identity intelligence to your security defenses.
Traditionally, firewalls use IP addresses to monitor traffic and are unaware of the user and computer identities behind those IP addresses. Identity Awareness removes this notion of anonymity since it maps users and computer identities. This lets you enforce access and audit data based on identity. Identity Awareness is an easy to deploy and scalable solution. It is applicable for both Active Directory and non-Active Directory based networks, as well as for employees and guest users.
Access Role objects define users, computers and network locations as one object and is used as a source or a destination in a rule. Access Role objects can include one or more of these objects:
Adding identity intelligence via Identity Awareness is fast and easy with our built-in deployment wizard. In just a few simple steps you can add user, user group and machine identity awareness and obtain valuable information to utilize in policies throughout your security infrastructure.
That’s all it takes. Identity Awareness will obtain identity information. If desired, you can change the options that you set in the wizard and add additional identity sources as you like.
Identity Awareness is integrated into the Check Point Infinity Architecture. It can be easily and rapidly activated on existing Check Point Security Gateways saving time and reducing costs by leveraging existing security infrastructure.
Identity information can easily be shared, as required, on a single gateway or across the entire network. In a multiple gateway deployment, such as multiple branches or multiple gateways protecting internal resources, identity can be acquired on one gateway and shared amongst all gateways. The benefits of identity sharing include:
The Identity Awareness Software Blade provides multiple methods to obtain a user’s identity, including: AD Query, Browser-Based, Identity Agents, RADIUS Accounting, Remote Access clients, Identity Collector and the Identity Web API. Identity information can be used to apply and enforce user-based policies.
An easy to deploy, clientless identity acquisition method. It is based on Active Directory integration and it is completely transparent to the user.
Acquires identities from unidentified users. You can configure these acquisition methods:
There are two types of Identity Agents:
Using Endpoint Identity Agents give you:
RADIUS Accounting gets identity data from RADIUS Accounting Requests that are generated by the RADIUS accounting client. Identity Awareness uses the data from these requests to obtain user anddevice group information from the LDAP server.
Remote Access (VPN SSO)
Identities are acquired for Mobile Access clients and IPsec VPN clients when configured to work in Office Mode and when they connect to the Security Gateway.
The Check Point Identity Collector agent installed on a Windows host acquires identities from Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controllers via the Windows Event Log API or from Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) servers via the pxGrid API.
Identity Web API
Create and revoke identities, and query Identity Awareness regarding users, IP addresses, and computers via a REST API. This is ideal for integrations with third party products and automation of administrative tasks related to Identity Awareness.