Check Point Software Technologies last week unveiled upgrades to its VPN-1 virtual private network family of products.
The upgrades include VPN-1 software for Unix or NT that supports the IETF's IP Security (IPSec) standard with Internet Key Exchange. Internet Key Exchange lets two remote users establish an encrypted IP session based on authentication using text-string "shared secrets" or X.509 digital certificates.
VPN-1 only supports the Entrust Technologies certificates because of interoperability issues concerning certificate revocation list validation checks that still need to be resolved among digital certificate providers. Check Point does expect to add other certificate vendors, such as VeriSign, in the future. The VPN-1 software, now shipping, costs $2495. Check Point is now also shipping VPN-1 SecuRemote for clients to set up an encrypted session with the VPN-1 server.
In addition, Check Point unveiled VPN-1 RemoteLink, the vendor's first hardware-based VPN that was developed with Nokia for high-speed IP routing. VPN-1 RemoteLink, expected to ship sometime next month, supports Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and T-1/E-1. Though pricing hasn't been officially announced, Check Point president and CEO Deborah Triant said VPN-1 RemoteLink should cost less than $3000 per unit.
Another new product from Check Point will be the VPN-1 certificate manager, expected out in the fourth quarter. This is the certificate manager OEMed from Entrust, Triant said.
Finally, Check Point announced the VPN-1 accelerator card, jointly developed with Canadian security vendor Chrysalis, for 10Mbps and 100Mbps encrypted traffic. Due in the fourth quarter, the accelerator board will be available for both the Sun Solaris and Microsoft NT platforms from both vendors.