Check Point beefs up network protection

Check Point beefs up network protection

Check Point Software Technologies is set to take its first step toward fulfilling its pledge to evolve beyond being firewall provider by introducing a family of security appliances designed to protect internal networks.

Dubbed InterSpect, the new appliances provide protection against viruses, worms, and other threats employees may pick up when using their computers outside of the company's secure network.

A manager in Check Point's solutions marketing group, Shankar Swamy, said that viruses were often acquired and spread within a company after an employee logs back into a corporate network after being plugged into an unsecured network elsewhere.

"Most perimeter defence systems will prevent worms and viruses, but if they are acquired outside the network they will spread internally very quickly," Swamy said. "Today there are point solutions that address some of these problems, but none do all we do."

He said the four InterSpect devices - 210, 410, 610 and 610f - allowed all traffic to pass through but block data when a threat is discovered.

The devices are also able to quarantine infected users, which includes limiting or stopping an individual IP address from accessing the network until problems are remedied.

They also create network zone configurations based on physical or logical requirements of a department or group of users in order to contain attacks.

In addition, the devices offer LAN protocol inspection, which allows commonly used protocols such as Microsoft RPC to be inspected; and they allow inspection to protect against worms.

InterSpect is managed by SmartDashboard InterSpect, but later this year it will be manageable by Check Point's overarching management platform, called SmartCentre.

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