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Check Point Announces New Software To Control Facebook, Other

Web Apps

2010-08-03 17:15:12
 

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, announced its new Application Control Software Blade that enables organizations to secure and manage the use of thousands of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise. The new blade integrates Check Point’s unique UserCheck technology to engage employees in the decision-making process and enables IT administrators to tailor application usage policies. In addition, it delivers unmatched application visibility by leveraging Check Point AppWiki, the world’s largest application library, with over 50,000 Web 2.0 widgets and more than 4,500 Internet applications, including social networking, instant messaging and media streaming. For the first time, companies benefit from a unique combination of technology, user awareness and broad application control – all available in a single solution.

 

According to a recent Check Point and Ponemon global survey of over 2,100 IT security administrators, the majority of respondents believe employees are essential to helping organizations mitigate security risks associated with emerging Internet applications in the enterprise. Check Point is bringing a differentiated, modern approach to application control that provides a unique combination of robust security technology and user awareness, both necessary for employees to utilize Web 2.0 tools without jeopardizing the security of the network. Check Point’s new Application Control software blade enables organizations to define granular policy controls for web applications tailored to meet the organization and employees’ specific needs. In addition, the new blade integrates Check Point’s innovative UserCheck technology to alert users of the potential risks applications may cause and asks employees whether the purpose is for business or personal use. The solution educates users on corporate use policies, while providing key usage trends to IT administrators.

 

Based on Check Point’s Software Blade architecture, the Application Control blade can be activated with a single click on any Check Point security gateway, enabling organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure. The new blade is centrally managed from a single security management console, and IT administrators can monitor and control application usage based on identity, user or group, frequency and level of risk with unified event analysis. The new blade also provides seamless, agent-based and agent-less, Active Directory integration to allow individual or group access to specific applications, while restricting others. Additional information about Check Point Application Control Software Blade can be found at: http://www.checkpoint.com/products/softwareblades/application-control.html. To browse through a sampling of applications in the Check Point AppWiki, visit: http://appwiki.checkpoint.com. “Check Point’s latest firewall innovation, combined with our application library – 50 times larger than any other in the industry – provides organizations with the broadest and most flexible protection, without taking away the business advantages of Web 2.0 use,” concluded Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point Software Technologies.

 

Availability

 

Check Point Application Identity/Control Software Blade will be available for purchase through Omnilogic in the fourth quarter of 2010.