Check Point Software enhances Internet security suite with management features

Check Point Software enhances Internet security suite with management features

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

Check Point Software Technologies Inc. is throwing in a beta version of a new graphical security management tool with the latest edition of its Internet security suite.

Check Point 2000 from the Redwood City, Calif., security vendor integrates FireWall-1, VPN-1 Gateway, SecuRemote and SecureClient, and the FloodGate-1 traffic controller.

Hybrid mode authentication on the VPN-1 Gateway permits older authentication techniques using the IP Security protocol on virtual private networks.

A secure authentication application programming interface in the VPN-SecuRemote client can bring in the latest authentication techniques such as biometrics and proximity sensors.

'We're not an authentication vendor, so our aim is to be open and let other vendors interoperate with us,' said Leslie Stern, product marketing manager for Check Point 2000.

VPN-1 and FireWall-1 logs reveal known attacks and suspicious activity such as port scanning, successive log-in failures and Syn flooding.

The new release runs under the Red Hat Linux operating system from Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C. A Microsoft Windows 2000 version will be ready soon.

The included beta Visual Policy Editor, a graphical security manager, makes a detailed map of the network and its security.

The suite, a free upgrade for current users, sells for $4,495. Sold separately, FireWall-1 is $2,995 and VPN-1 $3,495.

Contact Check Point Software at 800-429-4391.

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